Pollution and Environment Essay - Preserving Our Environment

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Preserving Our Environment

Many people assume that the environment is in no danger. They believe that with advancing technology, we don't need to worry about renewing natural resources, recycling, and finding new ways to produce energy. They argue that one person in the world does not make a large difference. In actuality, each individual's contribution greatly affects our environment. Our natural resources are running low, and we must work together to save them and the Earth from ruin.

Recycling is so important in the effort to preserve our environment for future generations. We are running out of places to put landfills. My neighbor, Nick, believes that the U.S. has enough land for our own waste, and we
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Not only does this use up 85% of their waste, leaving behind only ash, but it also preserves the fossil fuels that they would have otherwise had to use for energy to produce heat. They have been forced to come up with ideas like this because they do not have enough space for landfills, and as a result, they have greatly contributed to helping the environment. An additional alternative source of energy comes from the sun. Already there is talk about solar powered cars, and many people currently have solar panels installed in their homes. This eliminates the need to use large amounts of fossil fuels for heat and power.

Recycling also saves natural resources such as trees that are cut down and not replaced at a quick enough rate. According to Greenpeace, in the past thirty years, fifteen percent of the Amazon rain forest has been destroyed by logging. Not only are the trees gone, but lost forever are the thousand of species of plants and animals that call the Amazon home. It is also infringing on the livelihood of Native Indian tribes that live deep in the forest. Recycling the paper we already have would cut down dramatically on our need to produce more, and saving these precious natural areas would then be possible.

Nick also argues that recycling takes too much time and is an inconvenience. The simple answer to this is a call for better methods of recycling. Easier access and more locations would

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