Congratulations to Florence (Skylarks) and Evie 8S, who have won the junior and intermediate sections of the local heat of the Rotary Young Writers Competition. Their entries (shown below) will now go on to the district round of the competition. Well done to you both and good luck for the next stage.
Environment by Florence (Skylarks)
How is the environment?
The environment is fine but not as good as it could be so we could help it by planting trees, food and flowers. We can also recycle better and not produce too much waste. The environment is good because it protects us and helps us to survive. It keeps us safe and if you want to, you can help to protect the Environment.
Ideas for helping…
If you want to help the environment you can plant trees, put bird food out and water your plants at least once a day. You can also help by recycling and reducing rubbish. The environment is the most important thing in the world.
I have made up a story on how to help.
The Mouse that helped save the Environment.
Once upon a time there was an old, bad, lazy and very naughty man. He was always throwing litter around. He would throw bin bags full of rubbish into the sea and he would waste food and never ever clean his teeth, they were so disgusting!
There was a little mouse and she was kind, helpful and she did not throw rubbish into the sea. Instead she would use a litter picker to pick up rubbish and the mouse was a little cheeky! She would sneak cheese in her mouth when she thought nobody was looking! But she would always put the cheese wrapper in the bin!
The naughty, stinky, bad, lazy old man made so much rubbish that soon everyone could see a lot of rubbish in the sea. Then the mouse said to herself, “I have magic powers so I could stop all of this!” But then she remembered she did not know the spell to do it so she rode on her bike to the kingdom of spells. Sadly she saw the old, naughty and stinky man in a stinky old car. So she went faster and faster on her bike until she got there.
When she opened the door no one was there except creepy bugs, but they were her friends and she was worried something bad could happen. She said she was correct but then she changed her mind. She walked into the middle of the room and then she said “hello” quietly and she saw the book of spells but then she stopped. She suddenly realized that she didn’t need spells, she needed lots of people to help her save the Environment.
She went back on her bike and told everyone to buy a litter picker and so they all did and they picked up all the rubbish and everyone could see the sea and they were helping the environment too!
I hope you now know how important the environment is!
Environment by Evie (8S)
‘Hey, human please give me back my ice’ begged the last polar bear on earth. Global temperatures rising, ice caps melting, polar bears waving their last goodbye. Why did we not listen? Could we have prevented climate change sooner? Maybe we would not have to say goodbye?
‘Where will we live now?’ cried the koalas sadly, as they fled to safety from the only home they have ever known, now set ablaze. Yet another consequence of global warning brought on by mankind’s selfish hands.
‘Hey, human please don’t destroy our home!’ screamed the terrified orangutans. As the tree they once called their home fell to the floor, along with all their memories and every thing they had ever known.
‘Hey, human please let me breathe’ begged the dying turtle, as every minute the plastic around its neck got tighter. With no one there to help as it lay stranded, gasping stifled breaths on the lonely sand.
‘Please humans, don’t hurt my baby’ cried the distraught orangutan, as the panic-stricken mother was pulled away from her trembling baby. All for the palm oil that the humans are said to need so desperately. Are our needs so great that we are prepared to destroy complete habitats and all the precious animals that call these places home?
‘Why my tusks?’, ‘Why my horn?’ questioned the rhino and elephant painfully, as they were needlessly slaughtered for the purpose of jewellery, ornaments and unnecessary medicine. Desperately wondering why this has happened to them. Do we not deserve to live our lives without fear of being persecuted in the name of human vanity?
‘But I need my skin’ pleaded the cold defenceless mountain lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs as they were needlessly hunted for clothes, accessories and blankets, left fearing for their lives, always running scared. The only reason being their sheer magnificence and beauty which humans want to replicate in their own wardrobe.
“Why” cried the fish and underwater wildlife around the coral reefs. Rising sea levels, along with rising water temperatures are not only killing off our homes they are slowly killing us too. Is this the consequence you are willing to accept in the name of human gluttony?
But now I ask what hope is there for our wildlife and planet when we hold human life with so little regard? We destroy our homes, towns, cities and countries in the name of WHAT? Can you please tell me for I have not the answer? What hope is there for anything?