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  • Writer's pictureJaclyn Jones

How kids can help stop pollution

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

My name is Jax, and I am a 12-year-old girl who is extremely passionate about environmental issues, especially pollution. I have been studying this topic for many years, and I have written several essays on it. In this blog post, I will share my thoughts and perspectives on pollution, its causes and effects, and what we can do to reduce it.

As someone who loves the outdoors, it pains me to see all the trash that litters our hiking trails, beaches, and parks. It’s even worse when I see people littering intentionally. They just don’t seem to care about the planet we live on. I think one of the reasons people litter is because they don’t think their actions will have an impact. But every little bit counts and if we all do our part, we can make a difference.

You might think that being a kid you can't make a difference in the world, but many people don’t realize how easy it is to be eco-friendly, and how big of an impact small changes can make. Here are some simple tips that every kid can follow to help save the planet:

1) Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go. This will help reduce the amount of plastic waste produced each year. You can even find water bottles now that come with filters, so you can fill them up anywhere!

2) Pack your lunch in a reusable container instead of using disposable baggies or wrap. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s also better for your food since these containers are made to keep things fresh longer. Plus, there are tons of cute designs and colors to choose from so you can express your personality while being eco-friendly!

3) Say no to straws! Straws are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to littering our oceans and harming marine life. If you don’t need a straw, just say no thanks – trust me, your drink will taste just as good.

4) Set an example for others by not littering yourself. This seems obvious, but it’s important. If people see you picking up trash and disposing of it properly, they’ll be more likely to do the same.

5) Speak up if you see your friends littering. This can be tough, but it’s important to politely let your friends know that their actions have consequences. Maybe they didn’t realize that what they were doing was harmful.

6) Get involved in community cleanups. Many cities and towns host regular cleanups where volunteers collect trash from public areas like parks and beaches. It’s a great way to make a positive impact on your community and meet other like-minded people.

7) Spread the word on social media about the importance of not littering. You can post pictures of yourself picking up trash or write articles about the issue. The more people are aware of the problem, the more likely they are to do something about it.

These are just a few ideas, but every little bit counts! We have to remember that we share this planet with everyone else and we need to take care of it. I know that I am young, but I can still help make a difference by understanding the risks and taking action. I can pay attention to what is happening in my community, like how much pollution is being put into the air, and I can spread the word about how we can all make a difference. I'm starting to do my part, and I hope that you will join me too!

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