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Closing Chapter

by Koda Carlson

Surely, you’ve seen all the videos around talking about the end of this decade. It seems to be the year where it’s reminding everyone of their childhood’s. It’s bittersweet for most and exiting for many. As this year comes to an end, what do we take from it? The good and the bad. Experiences make us grow, they make us more mature, they allow us to express our inner child, and they force us to realize things we’ve been avoiding. Although we’ve come a long way from where we were before, we have so much more to accomplish.

Did you know, that in this year alone, there has been a reported 385 shootings in America since December 1st, trump repeatedly mocked a young girl who fights and advocates for change simply because he doesn’t agree, and that according to BBC news, we have a whopping 18 months to save our planet? This all sounds like a slap in the face, right?

We seem to neglect what’s happening around us, but with this new year approaching, we should try our absolute best to try and tackle those three things (and more). How do we do that? Well, we can advocate for stricter gun laws to reduce gun violence in America.

We are ecstatic about the new year, but does it ever cross our minds that many families are broken this year and many who were victims of the attacks aren’t able to experience the new year. Don’t you think we owe it to them to fight for a change?

How about trump, a grown adult, making comments about a young teenager who has done nothing wrong? The 2020 elections are coming up, we can vote for someone who will help this country as a whole and not sit and tweet about a teenager.

And as for saving the planet? Get educated! There are so many little ways we can help save the earth one by one. Yes, big corporations and celebrities with their private jets contribute a lot to the problem, but we can help in other ways, reduce water, reduce plastic, volunteer, the list goes on.

As this chapter comes to an end, I urge you all to take a lookaround and open your eyes to what we should do to help create a safer environment, country, and planet for everyone who lives here. I myself, am going to practice what I preach. I do what I can at the moment, but I want to do more. I want my kids to have a future here. We don’t just owe it to the world, but to each other.

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