Helping the environment

By: Victoria Squarcia

Every action taken toward helping the environment counts. Students have a responsibility to spread awareness about keeping the environment clean. If we start protecting and caring for our environment at an early age, we can carry this venture into adulthood. Here are some ways you can help: 

  1. Volunteering for schools and charities is a good step when it comes to contributing to the environment. Many local animal shelters and organizations have volunteer positions available for teens. While volunteering, not only are you helping our environment, but benefiting yourself with volunteer hours. You can also dedicate your own time and gather a group of friends to go to local parks or beaches to clean up trash.
  2. Throughout your high school career, you can collect books (novels, children’s books, notebooks, textbooks, etc.) and donate them to local charities. Your unused notebooks or textbooks usually end up being thrown away. Instead of throwing away your textbooks, you can recycle them instead of wasting all the paper. You can also donate them so someone else can get a chance to use it. 
  3. Purchasing a refillable, personal water bottle is another essential way to help save the environment. Supermarket water bottles are made of plastics, that when not recycled, create an unnecessary amount of waste.  Instead, buy a reusable water bottle that will last you years. 
  4. Look around you and count the trees. Another way to help the environment is by planting trees. They not only provide shelter from rain and sun but are chief contributors of clean air because they filter water. Also, through the process of photosynthesis, trees clean the air of greenhouse gases that harm humans and the environment.

Caring for our environment should be a priority and can easily become a part of your everyday life. Not only should adults be responsible for contributing to the environment but teenagers as well.  So, start today by contributing to the cause and by spreading awareness. 

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