Part II of Student Voices. This short piece is a very creative and beautifully written letter by two very talented students. These students have written an imaginative piece where they envision a dark and uncertain future for humankind.
Picture it: it is 2058, you barely survived the bombing of 2019. The tragic war was over a hatred of the realization that you can’t eat money. Our environment and economy has sunk like the Titanic. The next generation will never get to plant a flower or feel the grass between their toes. Looking back you start to wish you could go back and help the environment. You think of all the little things you could have done to help: planting trees, turning the tap off, keeping the lights off when you didn’t need them. Let’s just rewind a bit and keep our word.
Close your eyes and listen. Do you hear the clock ticking? Maybe you hear the “sh-ka” of the printer? Step outside, close your eyes, and open your ears. Try and listen to the conversation of the birds. Listen to the laughter of the wind. Open your eyes and look around. A statistic reported that by 2024 you won’t be able to hear the tones of the bees or feel the clean pure natural water on your lips. But wait! There is still time to give the next generation a life to live and love. So let’s take a moment out of our day to give love to our Mother Earth!
Reach out to Senator Lankford’s office at (202) 224-5754 and Senator Inhofe’s office at (202) 224-4721 and tell them to act bipartisan when it comes to environmental concerns.
Co-written by Daphne B. & Hope S.
Daphne B. and Hope S. are both eighth grade students from Oklahoma. They are both involved with BETA