What does Earth Day mean to Omar Hadi?

Photo by Alan Grinberg | flickr.com

Photo by Alan Grinberg | flickr.com

Our friend, and teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Horst, asked her Grade 7 Students at Sir Ernest Macmillan Public School , "What does Earth Day mean to you?". Here's what Omar Hadi had to say.

Our home planet, Earth, is the only world known to man to contain life. We depend on it. We all walk on the surface of the Earth, we all breathe the air supplied by Earth, and so it should be our duty to show care by taking a stand. Things like littering and pollution should not be taken lightly. Carbon dioxide emissions are decreasing the pH levels in the oceans and, in essence, it is acidifying them.  Did you know that 1% of Australia's untapped geothermal power is enough to provide energy to the whole world for about 26, 000 years? As a global community, we can eliminate problems step by step, but first we must all make an effort.

Earth's complexity has increased remorselessly, from bacteria to multi-cellular life, human civilization, and technology. Earth has never disappointed us. Earth Day shows recognition for our planet, and provides us with a reminder on how to take a step further in protecting our planet. It promotes this idea and motivates many to acknowledge facts about pollution. Taking care of our planet shouldn't be ephemeral. Even after Earth Day, we must make a continued effort because together we can make a dream a reality, together we can palliate the mistreatment our Earth has received.

As inhabitants of this planet, it is our duty to help eradicate this problem. A small deed, such as picking up litter you spot on the sidewalk, can make a big difference. If we work together as one, we can achieve our goals to help the Earth. Get a pencil and paper, and write down at least three things you want to do as an individual to help our planet. Recycle the newspaper? If everyone did this, we could save more than 250 million trees annually! Go green! That is the new war cry of many considered global citizens, from food manufacturers to financial institutions, more and more people are taking on the responsibility of preserving our environment.

It makes me wonder, why do these problems concerning Earth even exist? Considering that Earth is  the sole reason for our survival, the fact that the next generation and the generation after that will still live in the same world, shouldn't these reasons be  enough for us to completely eradicate these issues? If you share my opinion, then let Earth Day be your day to shine. Do something that really stands out. Encourage others, and be a role model to those younger than you. Together we can spread the message, but to help change the world for the better, you must start with yourself.  Contemplate the future. What would you want it to be like? We can help make the future better, starting now. Never overlook a small thing you can do to help our home planet. As citizens of the world, each of us is responsible for the health of our planet. Our choices and our actions contribute to the well-being or deterioration of the environment. Yet, it’s our home, and it’s the only one we have. If we don’t care about our environment, who will? It’s all up to us. We are the change. Together, we can achieve anything. Together, we can change the world.