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Youth Perspective: Calder High School Writing Competition – Leah Ridings

Calder High School

14 Aug 2017

This is part of a green writing competition Thomson Reuters held with Calder High School in Yorkshire, UK. Here is Leah Ridings’ advice about how to protect the environment and the animals that live in it – click here to see her accompanying illustrations. 

Leah Ridings: First Prize, Year 7, 2016


Insects live in woods. So in theory, we are going into their home. Insects live in trees and small areas they can fit in. So if we are cutting down trees, it is like demolishing your house. Would you want someone ruining your house? Not only this but by chopping trees down, we will have less oxygen. However, we can help to make insect homes by getting planks of wood and bricks to make them a hotel!


As many people walk through woods and go on walks in the countryside every day, they will come across flowers. Some people may not notice them but a lot do. People accidentally step on them. However, people purposely do. By doing this, you are killing the flower, so it won’t be able to grow. This means a lot of people won’t be able to enjoy them and see how pretty they are.

The same rule goes for picking flowers. You may think they are pretty and want to enjoy them at home. However, doing this kills the flower as you are taking the roots out. Not only that, it won’t be able to grow back next year or their seeds won’t be able to spread to they won’t have new and fresh flowers. If you still really want some fresh flowers in your house, most supermarkets have them in stock all the year round.


Following from the insects, animals also suffer from trees being cut down, especially birds. Birds suffer because their nests are high up in the trees. Also, if there is a chick in the nest, it has a long way to fall if the tree falls down.

If you are walking in woods, don’t drop litter. This affects animals like foxes and rabbits. These animals can easily get paws or tails stuck in netting and the plastic holding beer cans together. Please don’t drop litter as it can kill animals and if it was the mommy rabbit it wouldn’t be able to feed its babies so they might die as well!

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