Bella H. Kentucky

Climate Change

Our climate is changing, and we need to do something about it.

Dear Future President,

I have a few concerns: The water level is rising. Coastal cities are being flooded. Our biggest source of water is disappearing. And this is all because we Americans are so spoiled that we ignore the effects of what we do and think that all the wrongs are just going to right themselves. Well, they're not unless we do something about it, unless you do something about it.

The U.S. burns many fossil fuels, including oil and coal. We use these fuels for powering cars, creating electricity, and heating our homes. The gases (called greenhouse gases) made from burning fossil fuels go up into the air and trap energy in the atmosphere. This energy warms the air and is necessary for us to live. However, too much of it can disrupt ecosystems and harm human health. 

This energy also melts polar ice caps and causes heatwaves. Because the icecaps are melting, the sea level is rising and flooding some unfortunate cities near the coast. These floods are damaging houses and killing people. Climate change is also having a huge effect on the environment. This heat is increasing the possibility of wildfires. Animals are having to flee their homes and most of them are dying.

U.S. citizens need to start helping out. We can ride a bike to school, turn off the lights when you leave the house, or plant a tree. Try to save water by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or by repairing a leaky faucet. We can also try to reduce your waste by recycling, because manufacturing items from recycled materials uses less energy than manufacturing items from scratch. This will also reduce gases put into the air via landfills.

So, Future President, this situation can not be ignored any longer. I am nearly positive that you already know about this situation, but you need to act! We [U.S. citizens] can only do so much. We need someone of political importance to take a stand. Please take action.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                             Bella H