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Every day I look outside and see too much air pollution. I sometimes see a dead animal, but how does this all happen? Cars, airplanes, any gas-powered vehicle make pollution.

This morning there was a deer outside that had been hit by a car — its foot was crushed. Luckily, there is a home and yard where it could rest and be safe not far away. But there is not always a safe place for deer, or any wild animal to go. Vehicles hurt so many animals. When pollution is dumped into the ocean a lot of animals die.

We share this Earth with other animals and shouldn't rule the planet and destroy it. We destroy homes of other animals just so that we can have homes for ourselves. We can help this Earth if we choose a better pathway.

Blaire Durant

Corvallis (April 27)

The writer is a 9-year-old third grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Corvallis.

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