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"How I'd change the world..."
The future generation has an unenviable task: tomorrow they must tackle the environmental problems we are creating today. Ahead of the Kyoto treaty coming into force, we asked seven young people from around the world how they would do things differently.

Alex Lin
Alex Lin
11, USA


Aparna Bhasin
Aparna Bhasin
17, India


William Roper
William Roper
17, UK


Jean-Christophe Martel
JC Martel
17, Canada

Analiz Vergara
Analiz Vergara
16, Ecuador


Shoko Takahashi
Shoko Takahashi
14, Japan


Yvonne Maingey
Yvonne Maingey
17, Kenya


Georgina
Georgina Viveash
15, UK

Shoko Takahashi

HOW I'D CHANGE THE WORLD...
Shoko Takahashi
It's getting really, really hot in the summer. This year I couldn't really bear it
I joined an environment committee in my school and I realised the environment is much worse than I thought.

More people have to try to save the environment - but not a lot of people know about it. Young people pay most attention to fashion, pop music, computers and sports - but not many are interested in the environment.

I think people who are interested need to tell other people about it to get them interested too.

I am particularly worried about global warming. It is getting really really hot in the summer. Even I notice the change. This year I couldn't really bear it and I had to keep the air-conditioning on - and that is not a good thing.

And also the sea levels are rising - I hear about it all the time.

I think the people in Japan should drive fewer cars. But most importantly I think the children should be educated about global warming in schools. Because when the children grow up they can make a difference.

People can contribute to the health of the environment with three simple actions: Save energy, save water and recycle.

I think there are many ways in which people can be encouraged to do this. I think school is a good place, because people are taught from when they are little, and they will be more likely to make a difference when they grow up.

In my school we are only taught about the environment a little bit in geography - but not much. I would like it to be more.

I think around the world all the people should do a little bit. There is a saying "many a little makes a mickle". If everyone does small things it can change a lot.




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