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It is Environment Awareness Week in your school. During the morning assembly, you have to give a speech to encourage the students to care for the environment.
 
Good morning, teachers and friends. I'm so glad to have this opportunity to speak to you at the launch of Environment Awareness Week. The title of my speech is 'Caring for the Environment'. I'll begin by explaining to you briefly why we observe this week. After that I'll describe how we show care for the environment by simply changing some of our habits.

Let me ask you a question. What do we mean by the word `environment'? Yes, if you're thinking it means our surroundings, you're right. When we talk about our environment we refer to our air, water and the land. We know that the pollution of our environment is a great problem all over the world. We're polluting our air, water and land. I'm going to tell you how we can look after our environment. That's the purpose of Environment Awareness Week - to make us aware that care for the environment is our responsibility.

There are simple ways in which we can care for the environment, not just during this week, but all the time. These involve simply changing the way we normally do things. In other words, changing our habits. Our habits have an impact on the environment. Unfortunately, the impact is usually negative. We can show care for the environment by reducing the negative impact of our actions on the environment. For example, it is our habit to throw away whatever we don't need. Stop doing that!

Have you heard of the 3R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? We need to practise the 3R's! What does `reduce' mean? It just means we should throw less rubbish out. If we do that we'll reduce land pollution. There'll be less need for landfills and incinerators. How can we reduce household garbage? One good way is to buy goods with less packaging. Another is to try to recycle items, such as paper, plastic and aluminium cans, that we would normally throw out. We must separate our garbage. We can take all recyclable items to recycling centres in the area. In our efforts to reduce garbage, we will also help to preserve the Earth's limited natural resources. Furthermore, we could try to reuse items such as paper and plastic. For example, we can use both sides of writing paper, use old exercise books as note books and use old newspapers to line shelves. I'm sure we can all think of other creative ways to reuse these items. We just need to think before we throw anything away. Let's not be in a hurry to dump things. Instead, use them in different ways.

Another habit change that would show care for the environment involves the way we travel. We know that cars cause many problems. We can't live without them, but they pollute the air. It is better for us to walk and use the car only when we have to. If you live close to your school, why not walk or cycle to school? Imagine if all of us did that! Not only would we reduce air pollution, we would also be fitter because of the daily exercise! I suggest using the car only when there is no other choice. Use public transport - it's cheaper and less stressful.

Well, before I conclude let me encourage you to put these simple suggestions into practice. I'm sure you'll all agree that we can practise the Ms. Also, we can certainly try to change the way we travel. Please do not wait to make these changes. Let's begin today and show that we care for the environment. Remember, it should become a habit so that all of us will naturally do things that show care for the environment. Caring for the environment is really everyone's responsibility. Each of us can make a difference. So, let us together protect and care for our environment. Thank you.

     
 
 

 

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