This I Believe

Mitchell - North Bend, Washington
Entered on February 13, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: environment
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When I see one of my parents cars before it’s washed there’s brake dust all over the front rims. Also when I’m on the road and see people locking up there brakes in traffic, I see dust coming off the tires which eventually washes into the soil. I believe we should stop using products which contain Zinc, Iron, Copper, and lead additives. These metals are causing serious damage to our environment and its inhabitant’s animals, plants and humans.

Dust from the tires on vehicles as well as brake linings contain Iron, Copper, and Zinc are adding these metals to nearby soils. For example, like the sport drifting all the dust from the tires are contaminating nearby soils.

Commercial fertilizers added to home gardens and lawns have a high level of copper and zinc. Like when I see People in naborhoods putting toxic fertilizers on there lawn which harms our environment.

Most house paints which contain lead can run off or chip off houses harm wildlife. As well as illegal dumpings of empty paint cans. When I’m with my family and we drive past naborhoods were people air painting with lead paint.

This is why I believe we should stop using these products containing these metals. In towns I see cities lawns being fertilized, constant painting over the summer, and people locking there brakes up. These causes hurt plants, wildlife, and humans, which we need to stop using these products.

If we stop using these products birds and fishes’ concentration of lead should decrease and stop increasing.