April 20, 2012: Pitch in to clean up Concordia, by Stormie Hittle and Chloe Rohovit

April 20, 2012 by

Stormie Hittle, left, and Chloe Rohovit

Author and environmentalist Aldo Leopold once said, “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”

I think we can all agree that in order to make the earth the best it can be, we need to start taking steps to beautify it. These are things that anyone can do. For example, whenever you see piece of trash on the ground, pick it up. This small act really does help the earth in the long run.

A large controversy in America is recycling. Recycling could help our earth greatly if everyone would start to do it. It doesn’t take much to throw your pop cans, paper or plastic bottles in a recycling bin when you are finished using them. If your school doesn’t have a recycling program, talk to an adult to see if you can get one started.

Conserving is also a great way to beautify our community. If we drink from fewer water bottles, there would be fewer of them to worry about recycling.

If everyone would do these kinds of small acts, our community would be greatly affected. A pleasant community appearance adds to home values, helps attract business investment and just improves the neighborhood reputation. Research shows that beauty is one of the top three factors in creating community attachment, or loyalty, to your particular town or city.

Another issue with many other cities and towns is graffiti. Just by removing the graffiti in your city, you can increase the value of homes. Removing graffiti is as easy as just painting over it. It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t take much effort.

Many cities in the United States have been coming together to clean up their community. People in Marysville, Mo., for example, are making this year the time to come together to clean up their town. They have been hosting “cleanup days” to work on their City Hall building and new landscaping.

So, if a group of people could come together, they could clean up our city in no time at all. In Concordia there are enough concerned young people who would be willing to volunteer to help change the face of community.

— Stormie Hittle is the daughter of Derek and Amy Hittle, and Chloe Rohovit is the daughter of Julie Tyler. Both are freshmen at Concordia High School. 

 

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