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Dear Fuzzy

Pollution probaby won't destroy the earth, but it has already done a lot of damage.

The good news is that something can be done about it.

But on balance, no one seems to know if there is more bad news than good news. For instance, in Australia we are doing lots of good things to care for the land but huge amounts of fertiliser still end up in river systems where it causes population explosions of algae. This can poison fish and animals and starve the river plants of oxygen.

And even when we clean up the outdoors so that we can't see any pollution it's still there.

Greenhouse gases are probably our biggest concern. Carbon dioxide, methane and other gases make the atmosphere retain heat. Scientists think the temperature of the atmosphere might be rising. This could be a huge disaster for nature and for people all around the world.

There are other forms of pollution, too--pollution that we might not even notice. This can take place even in our own homes or schools or places of work.

Some of these problems have straight-forward solutions, like how to stop the oil that leaks from cars in carparks ending up in the ocean. Other problems are much harder, like working out how to store nuclear waste that stays radioactive for thousands of years.

So, Fuzzy, the world won't be destroyed by pollution, but the creatures that live on earth will be affected by pollution for a long time to come.

It's up to us humans to do something about it.

Yours sincerely 

Virginia R. Claire

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