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Question of the Week: What will define the environmental issues for today’s young people?

2010 May 17

Today’s young people are more involved than ever in environmental issues, and are making a huge difference. This week, we celebrate their efforts to protect tomorrow’s environment during the President’s Environmental Youth Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

What will define the environmental issues for today’s young people?

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  1. Stephanie permalink
    May 17, 2010

    As today’s kids come of age, I think they will be addressing the implications of a changing climate. Where we learned to pick up litter and recycle, they will be working to stop “carbon littering”!

  2. Jim permalink
    May 17, 2010

    Our gulf of Mexico is a mess and youth are surely worried but this is about two America’s. We must learn about our Gulf Of Mexico to see if we can anything. Now it is clear to me guy’s that if this was you doing this incorrectly you and I would be in Jail.I like that President Obama tonight put together a group of independent to see who has done us wrong.I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I hate oil as you can tell. Please we need to think about what we are doing. Obama has to take the blame. Congress needs to stop playing for money or now let us vote them out.
    Come on kids let us learn

  3. Felipe Cervantes-Sotelo permalink
    May 17, 2010

    Children should be tought to love trees at early each and tell them the benefits of them (provide oxigen to the atmosphere)
    And the governmento should use the army for a general reforestation in the home land or pay illegal workers to do the hard work for a cheap salary or import legal workers temporarely mainly from China and other countries because there is a hunt for mexicans nowdays, and they should be encourage to use solar energy as well, mainly in cars, they can invent one (solar) or keep on digging in the sea to burn fuels that affect the enviroment, and pay little or not attention to wild forest fires

  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    May 17, 2010

    What today’s students will be facing and needing to deal with will with no question be the issues relating to climate change. Many environmental issues are related to the broad overarching issue of climate change. They include better, cleaner, and safer to handle fuel technologies like hydrogen and all-electric powered vehicles; Using solar power to produce electricity instead of diesel, coal or nuclear fuel; creating good systems of transit, including ensuring the integration of highspeed rail with city and county bus and light rail lines; also, using light rail as a means to make communities more attractive places and to increase transit use. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. armansyahardanis permalink
    May 17, 2010

    Young people always make histories, before-now and the future. Their movements have surprised , stressed, shocked, and without instructed. They hate routinity, bureaucratity and opportunity. So, they define of it like spinning wheel looking for format. If they discover it, they should move…..!!!! Don’t worry, if we still hear baby cries !

  6. Kathleen O. Prokop permalink
    May 17, 2010

    The youths of today will grow up to be professionals working with a career that will bring food tothe table — One of these jobs may deal with oil — the father will need to explain to the young who will in turn be the bread winner in the future about the possible oil spill. The sooner will oil spill prevention will make the next youth in the future generation to perhaps not deal with oil spill but how to create oil spill for a control enviroment for backetrial growth which might make the eco system change — but we need to perhaps this generation study as much as bateria and micro — this will perhaps cure all deseases.

  7. sharon permalink
    May 18, 2010

    It will be up to them to fight the good fight and win so that the issue becomes people and their health instead of corporations and their bucks.

  8. May 19, 2010

    Young people need to be aware that there are opportunities to work for companies that are not all about greed and wealth. Granted, all companies are in business to make money, but there are jobs available in U.S. manufacturing facilities where safety and the health of the environment are priorities that rank high on the corporate agenda. I am fortunate enough to work for a company that manufactures automotive parts. We currently recycle 90% of all our trash and debris instead of landfilling. We have decrease the amount of hazardous waste that we produce by 25% over the last year. There are chances to make a difference even without the “green” label.

  9. David Lynch permalink
    May 23, 2010

    I hope that the young have been watching and learning over the last few years of their growing up stages in life and have noticed where we stand in the world today on the damage we have done to the environment and what is needed to preserve it.Their goals should be to keep implementing strategies to suppress the damage the world is doing to our environment. Its not going to get fixed over night but its going to be a long tedious job which requires dedication from all.

  10. David Lynch permalink
    May 23, 2010

    Couldn’t agree with you more we think alike

  11. Jim Bullis permalink
    May 26, 2010

    Sent 25 days ago. It is time to get going!

    — On Sat, 5/1/10, Jim Bullis wrote:

    From: Jim Bullis
    Subject: Crisis solution
    Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010, 2:33 PM

    There are a number of empty oil tankers in that area. They must be diverted and made available to receive liquids pumped from the oil slick area. They will take on much water as well as the oil, but their tankage can serve as oil separators which will then allow the water to be pumped out. If necessary, the mixed liquids can be transported to open ocean to be pumped out there with less harm to the coastline. The Coast Guard and Navy can provide the pumps.

    Jim Bullis, Miastrada Company

  12. Joan Ripple permalink
    June 24, 2010

    I was surprised to see that no one commented on the environmental and health affects of wireless and nanotechnologies. One surrounds us almost 24/7 in artificial electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation the other puts nano particles into our water, bodies, lungs, etc. None of which have been determined to be safe.

  13. Martin permalink
    October 14, 2010

    Loving the blog.

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