Toxins In Our Environment This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Is it morally right to dump oil in the ocean, killing thousands of birds and fish? Is it morally right for factories to give off gaseous waste, causing holes to appear in our ozone layers?

All of us have somehow contributed to the fact that our ozone layer is slowly being destroyed. When I say this, some people may say, "I don't own a factory that produces harmful waste," or, "I don't have anything to do with rain forests being burned." But, my question to you is, do you use pesticide sprays, hair spray, deodorant spray, or any aerosol spray cans? Do you drive to school or work, take a cab or a bus? If you answer these questions honestly, you will realize that you are also a contributor to our environmental problems.

Some say it is too late to help the ozone layer. It is a known fact that because of our mistakes, these holes are heating up the earth underneath the tundra, causing the ice to melt and giving off methane gas. This gas causes the hole to grow bigger. We may not be able to stop the growth, but we can do something. We can get together and help make this process slow down. We can try to make it a brighter day for the children of the future and when we do this, we show our appreciation and respect for the gift we were given. n

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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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 7:03 am
i love this so much!
estrellita said...
Dec. 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm
that is so true ;
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