Student voice: Climate change

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Rachel Frecker, a Year 6 student and school reporter at Mater Dei Catholic Primary Blakehurst, wrote this editorial on climate change and what we can all do to lessen its effects.

Our Garden, Our Home

Nature: lush forests home to an array of woodland creatures and an abundance of flowers, mountains and fresh air, the feeling of being on top of the world.  Natural wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef, a place where the coral is bright and vibrant and the marine life is colourful and healthy.

Or, at least, that’s what it should be like.  However, climate change is growing into a threatening global issue that can be ignored no longer.  It is damaging pristine environments and destroying places like the Great Barrier Reef. In his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis has posed a great challenge for the human race:  “Stop ruining the garden which God has entrusted to us so that all may enjoy it.”

While carbon dioxide may be a colourless and odourless gas, the Pope points out that “there is a very solid scientific consensus” that human emissions are affecting our planet with devastating consequences for nature and humanity. The Pope is clear in his message to us – we must take action now and preserve the wonderful creation God has given to us so that we do not leave “to coming generations debris, desolation and filth”.

How and where do we begin? We can take many simple steps in our everyday lives like using less electricity, walking more, driving fuel efficient cars and recycling, but we also need our leaders to take a stance and “lead” the people to change rather than implementing policies just to gain votes.

It is time for world leaders to make serious commitments to reduce carbon pollution by Australia and other nations in order to preserve the Earth’s sacred environment and ensure it exists for future generations to enjoy.

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