By Derek Meng, age 10, California.
Glaciers melting, polar bears dying
Sea levels rising, floods occurring
Fire’s spreading, lightning’s striking
Tornadoes and tsunamis ruining houses and killing
More and more natural disasters happening
Virus spreading, people dying
Have you ever thought about who has caused this trouble?
You might say it’s nature, but do you think of us
and our broken relationship with nature?
Carbon dioxide coming out of cars
Trees going down
Thousands of dead, unwanted fish thrown overboard
Tons of unused food discarded
These are few examples of what’s happening in our world
Then how can we help nature?
If you have thought, “How can we help Earth?”
Then here are some things we can do:
Reuse, reduce, recycle
Use reusable bags
Use reusable bottles
Pick up trash
Save electricity by turning off lights
Use renewable energy
These are a few ways we can help
Have you ever thought what a beautiful world it would be
If we could make Earth—our home—clean?
“I am Chinese and I live in California. I am bilingual—I speak both Chinese and English fluently, I can also read and write these two languages.
My Global Warming poem was inspired by climate change. I want people to know that our world may soon be inhabitable if we do not change our ways.
My vision of the future is the past combined with the present, all the trees should be restored to extract all that extra carbon dioxide [from the atmosphere], our houses should be ecosystem-friendly, and every vehicle should run on electricity. This is because of what I think is important, which is the world, the environment, and my family.”
—Derek Meng, age 10, California.