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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service