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Letter: What you can do to

freshen the air

I have always wanted to smell the sweet fresh air in Los Angeles. Sadly, I never smell the sweet fresh air I've always wanted to smell, but a putrid acidic air.

But I don't just want to breath in the refreshing air for myself. Everybody would benefit from the fresh air. To help make the air smell sweeter all over the world, we should do these three important things: use public transportation, carpool, and bike or walk to close places. And while doing this, we are helping stop global warming, too.

Do you know that whenever you ride in your own car you are destroying the earth? When you use public transportation, it uses less gas. For example, if 70 people needed to go 20 miles to the grocery store, how many gallons do you think it would take for all of them to get there in cars? It would take 50 gallons!

How many gallons do you think it would take if they all went on buses? It would take only 42 gallons. A bus creates 300 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile. A car creates 375 grams per passenger mile. Imagine how much that could hurt the earth. Wake up tomorrow, hop on the bus and you're on an adventure to save the earth.

If public transportation does not fit into your schedule, another thing you could try to help save the earth: Start carpooling. A common complaint: Carpooling will take too long, but they are wrong. You can use the carpool lane! And while you're zipping past all the other cars you can stick your head out the window and you'll know you are saving the earth.

If you're just going somewhere nearby, you could walk or bike there. Some people think it's really hard to walk farther than one mile, but if you keep trying it will become easier and easier and you'll become stronger. Also if you were going places farther than a mile, it would be more efficient to bike. The best way to help stop global warming is to walk or bike because it does not pollute the air at all. In addition if you bike or walk it won't cost anything. Anything you do, like walking to your neighbor's house, will help stop global warming.

Already many people in cities are using public transportation, many people carpool to school, and many neighbors walk and bike to the park. Everybody should keep trying these solutions, and for people who haven't started yet: join in. And in a few years we all could be saving the earth and saving all the animals that are going extinct. Thank you.

Kaz Shin-Sherman is a fifth-grader who lives in Atherton.


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