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On April 22, Kenwood High School students celebrated Earth Day to show support for the environment and the resources it provides for us to live each day. Caring for the environment is more important now than ever.

Concern for the environment and climate change has been a focus of our generation; our awareness of the world we inhabit has left us feeling like it is past time steps are taken to enact change.

“Current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming,” according to the NASA article “Climate Change: How Do We Know.”

The article continues, “Carbon dioxide from human activity is increasing more than 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last Ice Age,” and “the planet’s average temperature has risen two degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century.” Additionally, 2016 and 2020 are the two warmest years on record, NASA said, and the “global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century.”

Changes in our environment are concerning, but there is still time to take action, not just on Earth Day but every day. Earth provides and cares for us, so we must do the same for it.

I fear Earth’s lifetime is getting shorter. I wish more people made an extra effort to throw away bottles or sort waste for recycling, composting or trash.

I want to envision a future where everyone is aware of the problem and tries to live more sustainably. I want to leave Earth green and clean, and see plants, animals and humans thrive. I wish people would listen to experts and not those around them.

I wish people would take seriously the life of our home and realize that leaving future generations with the mess we made is unfair to them.

I hope that we would all be encouraged to help clean the environment. Each of us should start or continue to reduce, reuse and recycle, or volunteer to clean up litter or plant trees and flowers. We can also make sure the products we use are environmentally friendly, and turn off the lights when leaving a room. Instead of driving alone, we can carpool, or, better yet, ride our bikes, walk or jog.

Everyone should remember that we share Earth with each other, and your actions have a ripple effect. So, step up and take action. Help others and use your voice to make a difference. Do something to make the world a better place for us all.

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