SPEAK UP: Do We Impact Our Environment Everyday?

Have you taken some time to appreciate the blooming flowers and budding trees around you? If not, make sure you take a few minutes to stop and smell the roses (literally). Spring will be gone before we know it.

On April 22nd, we celebrated Earth Day. Earth Day is recognized worldwide and draws focus to environmental protection. We believe it is imperative to take care of our environment… after all we only have one Earth. British anthropologist Jane Goodell once said, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” We really like this quote because it calls attention to the impact we make on our environment daily. What impact have you made today?

How do you interpret this week’s quote? Do you believe we impact our environment (and the world) everyday? What difference (positive or negative) do you make or plan to make in the future to protect and improve our environment?
I do believe we impact our environment daily. We don't really think about it all the time, I know I'm not the most environmentally conscious person, but I want to do better. I've always wanted to grow my own fruits and vegetables, so maybe I'll get a chance to try that this summer. I also never really grasped the concept of littering, so I'd like to encourage my peers to use trashcans instead of littering. – Christa (Style Reporter)
Every decision we make impacts the world. Whether it’s deciding to recycle or making a person smile, you are changing the world. I want to be able to make other people happy so they can make others happy and theoretically a chain reaction will occur and more and more people will be happy. I also want to be able to help the Earth stay healthy by keeping it beautiful. – Marianna (Sports Reporter)
We all make a difference. Every step we make impacts the disorder in the universe, so even though we are always led to believe that we are just dots on the cosmic interface, we still make a difference every single second we live. I drink my water from a water filter, so as to prevent the amount of water bottles I use. I believe that the little things count in big ways. When I get older, I plan on creating AI (Artificial Intelligence) that will potentially change the way that we look at and interact with the physical world. – Renée (Hair Reporter)
This week's quote is nothing less than true. Change is the only constant in life, so day in and day out there are differences constantly being made to the world we live in. No matter what -- our actions, words, and behavior are just a few of the ways we impact the world we live in, people we come across, and what type of energy we will inevitably attract. As for me, the differences I hope to make in the future to improve our environment is being a voice for the underrepresented and misunderstood and an inspiration to others through my positive words and actions. – Jazmin (Music Reporter)
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Nicole Johnson Roberson, LCSW is continuing her mission to provide ethical, creative, and clinically based therapeutic support to today’s youth. She delivers clinical direction through articles that address various mental health concerns and provides education and information about community resources. Nicole has also been involved with other aspects of TEEN DIARIES including the formation of Dear TD (formerly Dear Nicole) and Project Butterfly. Originally from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Nicole currently resides in Atlanta, GA and provides confidential, clinically sound and creative services to youth and adults alike by serving as the clinical director of a small medical solutions company and through her own private practice. The proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Nicole is also a doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.