Sixth Grade Second Place in Creative Writing
There is a famous saying, “age is an issue of mind over matter
if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”. Being small doesn’t
mean you are not responsible for the world you live in. Or that
you can’t make a difference. After all, whose future is it? The
children’s. It is our world and we are the ones who should be
making a difference. There are a million short-term problems
in this world. They will come and go, but that doesn’t mean
that the urgent and pressing problems should be neglected.
Climate change is a serious issue that is causing irreversible
changes in our environment. Our role is to do everything we
can to stop it. Think about how we use appliances and devices
like televisions, Xboxes, and any such item we control
using a remote. Well, did you realize that these things still use
power even when they are off (off from the remote that is)?
The right thing to do is to unplug them when you are done.
This way you are actually reducing your carbon footprint.
This will only make a small impact and you may think that it
really doesn’t matter but if you set an example and create a
ripple effect, then a small impact becomes big. There are
many such small and big steps that we can take and truly
make a big difference.
No one should have to tell us to save our future, because we
are the ones who will bear the repercussions of climate
change. The irony is that while we are worrying about things
like education, college, and job opportunities of the future, it
has never occurred to us what our future will be like. Will all
the issues just magically fade away? No, they won’t. We have
to do something about it to protect our future and our lives
that are ahead of us.
I believe that my role as a student against climate change
would be to create awareness and educate people on the small,
daily steps we can take in our lives to help stop climate
change. We are simply closing our eyes and are in denial
about what’s to come. Children are the ones who will help
people open their eyes to the looming crisis.