Modesto kids want us to clean up our act

May 21, 2013 

These letters were written by eighth-grade students in the AVID program at Hanshaw Middle School. Their teacher is Cindi Karras.

One person can make a difference

I believe that if nobody begins to care about the environment it will affect Earth. By 2050 the global population will possibly rise to 9 billion. The problem is that most people dump their trash without caring. Trash bags get caught in the ocean. The plastic on six-packs gets caught around birds' and penguins' necks. Just remember that just one person can make a difference.

MARIBEL PERAL

Islands of litter killing aquatic life

Today in our oceans there is garbage. Plastic accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of marine litter. Animals are dying because of islands of this debris. Large debris entangles and kills seals and destroys coral reefs. What can we do about it? We can recycle or cut down on disposable plastic.

MONICA BORROEL

We pollute, but animals suffer most

Earth is in serious trouble. Animals are losing their homes, the rainforests are being depleted, and the oceans are filled with oil and garbage. Animals have done nothing to pollute Earth, and yet they suffer the most. Will you help bring this knowledge to light by putting it in the news?

HORACIO GARCIA

Trash, graffiti uglify Modesto

There's trash all over Modesto, especially in the "ghetto." It makes our city look dirty. Trash and graffiti make Modesto look bad. Love Modesto should happen more often. A cleaner Modesto is a better Modesto.

SONIA PUENTES

Preserve Earth for others to enjoy

Did you know that the average house contains wood from 64 trees? Did you also know that there's a huge pile of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Garbage Patch? With about 6 billion people, we are already facing problems in this fast-growing world. We need to preserve our environment so that future generations can enjoy it.

LESLIE MAYO

Pollution is hurting our health

Unhealthy levels of air pollution in many American cities are harming the health of residents, especially those who suffer from asthma. According to the American Lung Association, by 2020 asthma will affect one in 14 Americans and one in five families. Sadly, air pollution is really affecting people who could probably die from this. That's why I hope people take good care of our world, so every human being could live a happy life, feeling healthy.

JOCELAN ARENAS

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