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Dear. Humanity, I may be just be known as the planet that you live on but I am so much more than that. As earth, I want to be a part of you. I want to be your friend to all of you but to be as such, we need to treat each other with the same respect and gratitude. I am aware that there are people who do treat me with respect and gratitude but I need everyone to treat me that way so that I can get better. There are some of you that either do it by yourself or gather with others to help keep me clean so that I can show my true beauty and release the fresh clean air that you all deserve to have. Though, I can only do this if you all begin to help as well. As of today, I am in trouble and I need the help of my fellow humans to get better so that I can give you the healthiness and beauty that you all wish for. Having all of you live on me means that you live in a place filled with air, beauty, nature, friendships, and love. You all get to live in a place that is surrounded by different countries, states, and cities that have a diverse group of cultures, religions, and people. By living on me, you get to live a life where you are surrounded by people who care and love you. Living on me means having all of that and you can continue to have all of it if you begin to take better care of me. There are a variety of options that you can help to better me that you haven’t been doing. Before I begin to talk about what you should be doing to better not only me but also yourselves, it’s important to understand what you all are doing wrong. One of the most harmful things that you are doing that is harming me is by cutting down forests. The preferred term for this is Deforestation. To begin with, forests are the reason that you can live and breathe. They provide the oxygen that you need to breathe as well as clean water. According to livescience.com, “An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year.” With that many forests that we are loosing every year, it doesn’t just lead to changes in the water and air but also leads to global climate change. The more you cut down the forests, the greater of a risk you have of loosing all of this. The destruction of forests are not the only thing that is bad for all of us but also the release of CO2 in the air. The forms of transportation such as cars and buses are most used in today’s time to get from place to another but with the excessive use of them, you are releasing more Carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air everyday. Each time you go out for a drive, your car is releasing CO2 into the air and although this is an essential element that plants need to live so that they can release oxygen for us, it can also not be good if too much is being released. The graph on the right from thinkglobal.org shows the increase of CO2 that has been released throughout the years. Your bodies already contain an amount of CO2 that you need but having too much of it can reduce the ability of your blood to carry oxygen to tissues. These are only two of many examples of ways that you guys are destroying me. By knowing this, I can tell you some ways that you can help save me. There are groups of people living all around that have been doing their part with the help of their communities to improve the planet that they live on. Some ways that you can help out is by the popular quote, “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.” An Environmental Club at a school in Arvada, Colorado show the true meaning of what this is in an activity they did. According to csmonitor.com, “Every day throughout April, there is a trashless lunch contest where students using reusable Tupperware containers and reusable lunch bags are rewarded with raffle tickets toward Earth-themed prizes.” This is just one of the many ways that you all can do to clean me up and help improve the air quality. If all of you go out and reuse, reduce, and recycle, then there will be less plastics and papers in the oceans and streams that will lead to an improvement in air quality and it will also save energy because companies wont need to make new products. Continuing on is the story of Erek Hansen, Cassandra Lin, and Gabrielle Posard from people.com, who began helping out the environment at different ages and continue in doing so by talking to grocers to donate food to the hungry so that those foods wouldn’t end up in landfills. Cassandra Lin helped turn cooking oil into fuel so that families could use it as energy. Eric Hansen started recycling denim to use as insulation to help those who were rebuilding after a natural disasters. They are just three kids who are helping keep the environment clean and you all can do it too. There are several other ways that you can help better the air quality and keep the streams and oceans clean. As earth, I am trying very hard to get the message across to all of you that I’m in a serious problem and I need all of your help to become the planet that you all want to live on. I try to send this message to all of you by having weird weather like having sunny warm days during winter and cold days during summer and by having natural disasters in places where they usually don’t occur at. Like theguardian.com states, “There have been heatwaves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America.” This is not usual weather or weather that people enjoy but this is the only way I can point you towards the direction to do something to change this. I know that if you all get together and start by recycling and find ways to keep the air clean and use less energy, that I will become the lovely planet you all want to live on. It’s time to turn off the televisions and keep the cars in the parking lots and go outside with family and friends to plant flowers, trees, or go out and clean the streets or recycle. With one little action, the chain reaction will never stop so make it strong, shine a light and send it on so that the place where you all live will become a better and healthier place to live in.

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3)Jessie Szalay (2013). Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html. [Last Accessed May 2,2014 ].

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