It is now safe to say that planet Earth is dramatically taking a turn for the worse. We as a country have had countless opportunities to better our planet, but instead we do not cease to waste energy, emit hazardous waste, pollute water, raise the number of endangered species and increase global warming. Now it's our turn to stand up for the planet that has given everything to us and save it from its guaranteed demise. As a high school senior in the Wood River Valley, I am deeply concerned with the state of the planet that my generation is inheriting. We are receiving a damaged world that is in great need of change.
The first step to addressing this gigantic issue would be to attend the Focus the Nation event at the Liberty Theatre on Jan. 31. This event is one of over 1,500 similar events across the nation geared toward raising awareness about global warming, and most importantly, discussing ways that our valley can help combat climate change. This informative night will include a screening of "Kilowatt Ours" (a short film on ways of addressing current national energy policies), a panel discussion with city and county representatives, the kick-off for the Help Hailey 2008 competition, and easy ways to change our wasteful daily activities.
No other generation has ever dealt with worldwide problems of this measure. We as advocates of the planet need to prepare and enlighten others of this dire situation. If we don't unite as a worldwide effort and make up for the damage that we have already caused, then the planet is in grave danger. Planet Earth can survive without us, but can we survive without it?