Student offers suggestions to cut pollution in observance of Earth Day

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written by fifth grader Gianna Velez, age 11, who attends Francis Bellamy Elementary School in Rome. Teacher Scott Royce said students were tasked with a three-part project dealing with conservation and pollution of the environment as part of the N.Y. State Standards in Science and English Language Arts.  As one of her choices, Gianna chose to write a letter to the editor of her local newspaper, highlighting her concerns and solutions to this issue. Earth Day is April 22.

I think the pollution needs to stop!  It should stop because pollution can hurt the land, plants and animals of Rome, NY. There are many ways and reasons pollution should end!

A lot of people can make a compost bin.  A compost bin is when you put natural scraps in a bin and it makes soil that is filled with nutrients.  Some examples of foods are: bananas peels, watermelon rinds, apple cores, and many more things.  Less garbage means a lot less pollution. It will stop hurting the animals and land.

Recycling is a great solution to the pollution problem. Every month we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper!  All of these jars are recyclable. An estimated 80 million Hershey Kisses are wrapped each day in the United States using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space! That’s almost forty football fields!  All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it. Most people throw these right into the trash.

Water is very good for all of us, but people waste it. There are some ways people waste water. One way is to decrease hose water use. For example, my neighbor has a garden and instead of using hose water, she has this huge bucket at her house and saves rain water. Then she uses that for her plants. Another way to conserve water is to stop taking baths. Taking baths can use up to 70 gallons of water but showering uses between 10-25 gallons of water per use!  

There are many more reasons why we should stop pollution and start conserving. I would NEVER want the plants and animals of our surrounding area to die. The pollution can kill them. Don’t want that ever to change our beautiful community.  

— Gianna Velez, Rome

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