In the beginning, humans were kind of like our animal friends, but as we learned and evolved, we didn't need to gather and store food to survive. We, for the first time, could stay in one place and grow our food. We settled down and enjoyed living, but this came with a price. We now have class inequality, economic control, climate change and unequal distribution of natural resources. We are what we create, and we have created a nasty living environment.
Big businesses and corporations will be the death of us if we don't strive for big changes like getting rid of financial class divides; we need to give more to people who need it and less to those who don't. We need to clean up this mess we've made, which has damaged the world. If we don't take action, we could, in the future, be living inside a manmade metal community with no colors except gray and silver because the melting of the ice caps flooded millions of acres.
Also in the near future, the air could be so toxic from pollution and lack of oxygen from deforestation that we have to wear gas masks all the time. We could be slaves to the few unbelievably rich and unworthy people who work us inhumanely just to get the things that please them. These people that own and run corporations need to wake up and see the damage they have caused. They need to fix the unfair things they've done. It is not OK to sell your soul for financial success.
The first steps toward reform are to identify problems. Instead of trying to have the latest and greatest game system made by companies, maybe the majority of teens and young adults should think about better working conditions for their future, like making a livable wage, safer surroundings and less working hours. Change is what we need for workers and for the general population of the earth, especially struggling Third World countries.
What really puzzles me is that, in America, we have a problem with obesity. In some cases, the person dies because of their obesity problem, while people in Africa are dying because of their lack of food and other basic things in order to live. Why do we have stuff that we don't actually need, but can get anyway, while some people can't even get clean water, food, clothes and safe shelter?
Why couldn't we (all of us) on this planet get an equal amount of natural resources? Studies show that if we used our resources equally and mostly for what we need, we could live happily for a long time. Resources cause war when one country doesn't have enough of one thing and wants to get more, so an obvious solution is to help the people in need and cut down on what we take in.
Our Earth is a magnificent creation of hope, beauty and, most importantly, life. Life is most likely the rarest thing in the universe. Life on earth is all we know about for the possibility of the living. So when we destroy the Earth, we are destroying a majestic concept, life. Kill off one insignificant part of the Earth, not provide food for another species, kill them off, until our destructive disorder comes back up through the web of life, and it will possibly destroy us.
Climate change is upon us, and we need to make a difference. If we abandon our only source of life so far and keep destroying the earth, in the future there will not be a great-great-great-great-grandson/daughter of you in existence. We need to wake up and take responsibility for what we've done. Cleaner sources of electricity and car fuel are one big reform step we should pioneer. Also, instead of making rockets for outer space, we should try and remove the pollution in the air. Endangered species is another big topic we need to improve on. If mankind made better decisions, there wouldn't be such a thing as endangered species, but because we do, we need to try and save all our other animals. We should also help rebuild all the dying animals' species back to normal.
As mankind progresses, with all of our technological advances, we should still, in the back of our minds, think about the most important aspects of our lives. We know that without our help, the Earth could die. So let us not forget the human part of us and make healthy, humane and eco-friendly choices and reach for a better world.
Jesse LaPlante lives in Saranac Lake and is an eighth-grade student at Saranac Lake Middle School. This essay was submitted to the Enterprise by teacher Jason Smith, with the author's permission.