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I was right. Here is How to Deal With It.

Feel free to go look at my last Youth Voices post titled, “How the world is ending.” I totally called it. Earth desperately needed a break from humanity, and the wildfires weren’t enough, so we were given a global pandemic and earthquakes. So here we are. I am making a decision though to not make this a cynical post. Honestly, […]

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The World is Ending

In 2012 everyone thought the world was going to end but it seemed so silly. I remember being at a little 9 year old at a soccer game trying to grasp the idea of there being no tomorrow, so my teammates and I played Bop It for our last day on earth. Yet, we woke up the next day. There was no volcano eruption, or meteor. We just went on living. When we said the world was going to end on a specific day it was seen by many as a fact because it was in the tangible future. Today there is no Myan calendar telling us a specific date, but the reality is the world is truly ending. We have a hard time conceptualising it because we don’t know the day everything will be over, but there is no day. We are in the middle of it right now. The world is not going to end, it IS ending. This is because of humans. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn This website tells us that what we have done to the enviornment has put us into the 6th mass extincion. Global warming takes care of the land animals. Australia is burning, icecaps are melting. Things are dying fast. Not only that, but the plastics we have put in the ocean are so toxic they will kill everything. They don’t affect any large animals directly, but they will kill everything. This is because they are directly harmful to the microbes that make up the base of the food chain. The acids make it so they cannot form their shells and so they cannot live. In a matter of years they will go extinct and then it is only a matter of time before everything in the ocean is dead. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/21/ocean-acidification-can-cause-mass-extinctions-fossils-reveal It is expected that all sea life will be dead in about 50 years. This is not only bad for the environment and the symbiotic relationship the sea is part of. It is also a main source of food for a great bit of humanity. So yeah, the world is really ending now. There is not much we can do about it. To come close to stopping this every human would need to stop eating meat at all for at least a few decades, invent a microbe that eats microscopic plastics, and stop driving cars or flying in planes at all. So, basically, we are screwed.

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The difference between gun control and gun bans

    The gun debate is one of the most heated debates in this country at the moment. In my opinion there is a higher amount of controversy because of a lack of understanding of the opposing opinion. This doesn’t mean anyone needs to agree with the other side, but it is possible to disagree and still understand.     A reason […]

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Conversations will save the U.S

As a country we are now more divided than ever. The left and the right are stubborn and will not budge in their ideals. There is no seeking for a middle ground. Polls, like the ones found here https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/08/us/politics/election-exit-polls.html will reflect this great divide. There will always be opposing viewpoints in politics, but now more than ever these oppositions getting […]

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Technology has made young people less creative

I remember the playground as a kid. It was full of burning hot sand and rusty slides. There was such a simplicity to it, which is why I loved it. That playground was taken down and replaced by large plastic contraptions. It is now a very fancy playground, but there is much less room for imagination. I used to me […]

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