Editor's note: The Grade 7 class directed by teacher Angela Smeltzer at Pleasantdale School completed their research into environmental issues shortly before the end of the academic year.
The class members were to find a way to share their learning with others and make a difference. The 30 students in the class selected two letters that they felt could be considered for publication in The Mercury and left the final decision up to us.
This letter was the one that was finally selected for print with the runner-up letter being written by Karlee Schoff.
Our names are Jenna Grube and Jaiden Peeace, we are both 13 years old, in Grade 7 and we go to Pleasantdale School. We are concerned about the environmental issues in Estevan today. We are concerned that people are littering too much and our city will turn into a huge wasteland.
In our class we are learning about environmental issues around the world.
In Estevan we are not recycling enough; instead of throwing your garbage on the ground, find a community garbage can and throw it in there. We think it is really good that the city has a lot of garbage cans around. Also we are thinking the city should buy some community recycling bins and place them beside the community garbage cans.
There are a lot of things that can be recycled now such as paper, glass, aluminum cans, magazines, plastic, brick, wood, electronics, pop tabs, styrofoam, roof shingles, tires, carpets and more.
If everyone in Estevan just recycled some of these things, then our city would be much cleaner and greener. It takes over one million years for a styrofoam container to decompose, even though now styrofoam is recyclable.
Over 80 per cent of smokers said they would bin their butts if suitable bins were available. Also each year, the 52 billion cigarettes smoked by five million Canadian smokers contribute almost 5,000 tonnes of pollutants into the atmosphere.
Around the world, the most common thing to litter is a fast food container.
Even though we are in Grade 7, we are still trying to make a difference in our community. Just remember litter ... it can be damaging to our environment, affecting plants and wildlife.
We hope you are as concerned as we are about the environmental issues and the littering.
Thank you for taking time to read what we think and what we are concerned about.
Jenna Grube and Jaiden Peeace