A World in Danger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 7, 2008
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Since middle school, I have found that the study of the environment reflects a part of my personality. It all began with a National Geographic ­article about the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Although I live nowhere near, I found the story compelling. I was drawn to the photos of plastic bottles plaguing the bay while a pair of ducks floated through the mess. Focusing on a photo of a dead catfish, I learned that shellfish numbers have been declining because of the destruction of seagrass habitats. “The bay today has become the ecological equivalent of a morbidly obese person, force-fed nitrogen and phosphorus,” the article read. From that point on, my whole way of thinking about our world’s environment changed.

I recognized how our world is in danger. I had always pictured the earth to be a wonderland with perfect habitats of luscious plants and animals. But I now realized that this world is not as perfect as I thought. In recent news, I learned that the Yangtze River in the People’s Republic of China contains carcinogenic heavy metals. Meanwhile, factories in Azerbaijan release large amounts of detergents and pesticides into the air. In my own local St. Lucie River, pollution has caused thousands of dead fish to be washed up on shore. Regardless of your political party, ethnic group, or religion, this is not morally acceptable.

I realize now that I cannot be a spectator in this global environmental crisis. Natural beauty must not be tossed aside for construction of new office complexes and strip malls. As William Ruckelshaus, the first head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, put it: “Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our ­appetites.”

Now is the time to end the wars in the Middle East, cease genocide in Africa, and stop criticizing each other. Now we must recognize that Mother Earth is in grave danger, and the world as a whole must work together to solve this crisis.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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OrangePandaa123 said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 9:40 pm
Brilliant article, Raymond! Keep you the good work. As SabineMondestin said, together we can we.
SabineMondestin said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 3:29 am
Great article Raymond, It is people like you that make this world a better one! Keep on your good work. Together we can win.
myah said...
Nov. 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm
i think this is vary true. you see pollution every were this days and you cant go any were to get away form it. i believe that we need to end war to i dont understand why we let are family and friends die just because we dont agree or wont what they got. think they should stop
GodsStudent replied...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm
You know, we could stop fighting in the middle east, but then the Muslims would bring war to the U.S.A. :(
B-star7 replied...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Love the article! I agree with everything you said!! :P
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