Here below is a piece of writing work featured in Nightzookeeper.com by Boonyanaree Wattanasan (Fransa) Year 10 who won the Letter Writing category for the International Writing Cup.
Dear Prayuth Chan-O-Cha,
Photograph: Roberto Trombetta, 2017
I am writing this letter to inform you about all the pollution in the world caused by us humans, especially in Thailand. I feel that pollution is unfair to living creatures and to kids who have to grow up in bad environments. It is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible; otherwise it will be getting worse.
Firstly, cars causes pollution and the point that nearly everyone in the world uses cars for transportation doesn't help at all. Some car brands are starting to produce hydrogen-powered cars using hydroelectric car technology. It would be very helpful if people start switching to those cars instead of cars that use petrol or gas. When we use petrol or gas, it emits carbon dioxide which causes global warming.
Secondly, the burning of coal and wood are the primary sources of pollution. These often happen in urban areas. It brings infusion of untreated chemicals and wastes into local streams that served as the water supply. Pollution issues will increase as population growth increase and the population growth rate is growing rapidly. Therefore, it is better if we start taking actions now.
Furthermore, pollution has been found to be present widely in the environment. The emission of greenhouse gases leads to global warming which affects ecosystems in many ways. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides can cause acid rain which lowers the pH value of soil. Soil can become infertile and unsuitable for plants. This will affect other organisms in the food web. There are many consequences.
Photograph: Andy Arthur, 2005
In conclusion, we should stop pollution. There are many practices for us to participate in. Like recycling, reusing, waste minimization, mitigating, preventing, and compost. Together, we can take action as countries and continents to pass laws that will make pollution harder and that will eventually lead to the world becoming less polluted. Little changes can make big differences. Everyone can help by doing little things - to make the world a better place. I would like to include the following thought provoking quote in my letter. There are as follows:
"Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
"Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented."
- Barry Commoner
"There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it at all."
- Robert Orben
Please take your time to think about all my concerns in this letter. I hope you will help Thailand towards working through all these problems.
Heathfield International School Bangkok