Preserving the Environment


Lance Collins

The environment is currently undergoing a health crisis, and we need to take action to help it. Most of the problems with the environment are caused by humans (litter, pollution, atmospherical decay, wildlife endangerment), so it should be our duty to solve them and save the environment.

When you finish your smoothie and there isn’t a trash can in sight, what do you do? Litter is a major environmental issue caused by humans with an easy solution: throw away your trash. 1. 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year, which can be extremely dangerous to marine life. Also, $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter. It is a serious problem that is commonly overlooked by the average person. When you have trash and there isn’t a trash can around, simply put it in your pocket to throw away later, or carry it until you find one. It’s not that hard.

Pollution is another major environmental issue. Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse change. Humans add 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated wastewater into water supply each year, and approximately 70 million tons of atmospherical pollution. People wearing masks in 2020 have majorly dropped the rate of carbon emissions, and quarantine reduced gas emissions, but these effects wont last unless we take action and make an increased effort to drop the rate of atmospherical pollution.

In the end, the weight of the task to save the environment falls upon our shoulders. We trash the environment, we have to clean it up. We pollute the atmosphere, we stop before it gets any worse. We live in this environment and cause most, if not all, of it’s problems, so it is our duty to keep it clean and safe for people and animals to live in.