Changing the Minds of People about Recycling

Megan - Sterling, Colorado
Entered on October 20, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Changing the Minds of People about Recycling

What do I believe? I believe that our economy is slowly being destroyed, yet nobody wants to take full control and do something about it. I believe that in order to make a difference in our world, people need to start caring. A lot a people do not believe in recycling or global warming, but I think that if somebody would take the time to educate them about it, maybe they would start caring. Maybe that person could be me, or maybe it could be somebody else, just as long as the point gets across to the people. Our planet is a special place, and God did not make it so people could destroy it.

I believe that many people these days say that they are all about “going green”, and wear t-shirts that say “save the earth,” but do they honestly care? I think that these people just want credit for doing something good, but in all reality, they don’t care as much as they think they do. Celebrities are one of the many people who think they care. When we watch T.V. we hear about how celebrities are getting eco-friendly cars to drive around, how they are putting solar panels on their house, or how they are donating a small portion of their money to foundations, but I believe that their main reason this, is good publicity and popularity. I’m sure that some celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, do care and want to make a difference.

I believe that for kids to start doing something good in their lives, schools should be teaching them about recycling and global warming. I believe that teachers should start teaching the children of the world about recycling and limited resources at an early age, such as in pre-school. By the time kids reach college, they should know a lot about recycling and shouldn’t have to have a class that teaches them about it. It doesn’t matter how old one is or what grade one is in, everybody should know about recycling and should take part in some kind of recycling project. If more and more kids are educated each day, then maybe more and more people will start recycling.

I believe in recycle projects. I believe that in order to make the world a better place, each community should get together a team and start a project about how they are going to make the community look peaceful and welcoming. I believe that in order to do this, people need to start caring. If every person would pick up at least three pieces of trash a day, I’m sure that wherever they are, that place would look even better than it did before. I do give people some credit because they actually do care, and they do recycle. However, some people don’t care and throw away anything and everything. I try to recycle as much as I can, but I am guilty of throwing away plastic bottles and pop cans. I believe that restaurants and department stores should have recycle bins for bottles and cans. Even though some stores such as clothing stores or other retail stores don’t sell drinks, they could still have these recycle bins because a plethora of shoppers bring something with them to drink while they shop. I believe that if this project went into effect in every community, more people would recycle. Community recycle projects are a great opportunity to make a difference in our world.

I believe that we can make a difference in the world. I believe that one day our earth will be healthy and clean. I believe that people will start taking responsibility for their actions and start caring about the economy. Most of all, I believe that students will start learning more each year, and as each year progresses, the world will be a better place to live in. As you can see, recycling is what I believe, and if everybody else believes with me, I know that the minds of people will change.