Essay about Speech on Environmental Issues Today

1168 Words May 12th, 2011 5 Pages
Our Environment - how can you and I help save it?
Albert Einstein said “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Our planet is in trouble! Pretty much everywhere you look today you will hear or see something reminding you that our planet’s health is failing. If our planet where a person it would be about time to buy the burial plot and write out the last will and testament. Just a brief list of the things that is ailing her is - pollution, acid rain, climate change, the destruction of rainforests and other wild habitats, the decline and extinction of thousands of species of animals and plants....and so on.

I think everyone in here can agree that all of these issues exist and that humans have caused them.
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This pollution affects the health of living things. Air is damaged by vehicle emissions, and power stations create acid rain which destroys entire forests and lakes. When fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal are burned to provide energy for lighting, cooking etc. they create polluting gases.

Oils spills pollute sea water and kill marine life; chemical waste from factories and sewage, and artificial fertilizers from farmland, pollute river water, killing wildlife and spreading disease.

What can be done?

* Don’t litter.
* Use less energy by switching off lights when rooms are not in use, not wasting hot water, not overheating rooms.
* Use a bicycle or walk instead of using a car when you can. Or rideshare, and use the HOV lane.
* If you spot pollution, such as oil on the beach, report it. If you suspect a stream is polluted, report it to the local EPA office.
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* Organic foods are produced without the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, preventing these pollutants from contaminating habitats and entering the food chain. So it may cost a little more but it is better for you and for the environment.

The Greenhouse Effect

Certain gases in the atmosphere, mainly carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorocarbons, act like the glass in a greenhouse, allowing sunlight through to heat the Earth's surface but trapping some of the heat as it radiates back into space. Without this the Earth would be frozen and lifeless.…

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