Focus on pollution prevention rather than pollution cleanup to combat climate change.

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As a young student and young American I dream of a world where I can grow up and be assured that my offspring will not be negatively affected by the damaging effects of global warming. According to NASA, climate change will lead to more droughts and heat waves, hurricanes will become stronger and more intense, the sea level will rise (make previously habitable areas inadequate to support life), and where I hail from (Southeast USA) NASA predicts that extreme heat will affect health, energy, agriculture and there will be less water leading to negative economic and environmental impacts. (Global Climate Change: Effects) To combat the horrible effects of climate change, many have proposed to combat it through pollution cleanup, or "...the removal of damaging substances from the earth through biological processes and engineering technology." (Pollution Issues) Yet, according to "Pollution Issues" not all contaminants can truly be removed (leading to harmful residual contamination), it can be damaging to clean workers health and pollution prevention is more cost effective. That is why I wholeheartedly believe that the government should focus more on pollution prevention or "...any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source. (Learn About Pollution Prevention) Currently, our government spends about 2% of GNI on pollution cleanup (Stevens) an unnecessary waste of money that could be spent on advocating companies and individuals to focus on pollution prevention. As stated by the EPA, pollution prevention would lower financial costs (waste management and cleanup) and environmental costs (health problems and environmental damage). (Learn About Pollution Prevention) Therefore, I encourage all who read this petition to call their elected officials and the current EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to make sure that we protect our planet in a way that would lead to lower costs and a more sustainable world. 

"Global Climate Change: Effects." NASA. NASA, 16 June 2016. Web. 24 Mar. 2017. <https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/>

"Learn About Pollution Prevention." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 15 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.  <https://www.epa.gov/p2/learn-about-pollution-prevention>

Pollution Issues. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.  <http://www.pollutionissues.com/Br-Co/Cleanup.html>

Stevens, William K. "2% OF G.N.P. SPENT BY U.S. ON CLEANUP." The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Dec. 1990. Web. 26 Mar. 2017. <http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/23/us/2-of-gnp-spent-by-us-on-cleanup.html>

 



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