Second Place – Education/Pollution in Nigeria

Congrats, Samantha! 2nd place, pretty impressive! – OnAir Team

In many countries, people aren’t receiving an education. A country with very low literacy rates is Nigeria, and you can see this through the state and condition of their country/society. Nigeria is poverty stricken, the majority of the country do not have the chance to go to public school and spend the days working or searching for water which is greatly scarce and polluted. The oil companies have dominated Nigeria; which has devastated the land and a country as a whole. If Nigeria’s society were to have learned about the downfalls of allowing oil to be drilled maybe Nigeria would be in a better state as today. Did Nigeria have a choice?
The drilling of oil in Nigeria has damaged the resources in which society depended on…the water is polluted and a great majority if the vegetation is gone. Due to the fact the majority of people live in poverty, people get their water,if there is any available, from nearby water ways which may cause people to walk for miles. These water ways are polluted, people are uneducated/ unaware of the water that cause disease until after it has occurred. Even though there may be signs warning people not to drink from the water, education is very rare so people never learned how to read.
The drilling of oil by many companies has increased the air pollution exponentially, so not only is the drilling of oil damaging society through water but also the air they breathe. Nigeria needs justice and a form of government that can change the state of Nigeria. Though it is easier said than done, if the world cares for people/the well-being of planet Earth over greed something will be done.

Source: http://nigeriaworld.com/columnist/uzokwe/081103.html

Third Place – The Importance of our Beaches

Here’s our 3rd place winner! Congrats, Caroline! 

Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed going to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico with my family, including Gulf Shores, Destin, and Clearwater Beach. The beauty of the water, the amazing skylines, and the gorgeous white sand have always given me a sense of calmness and joy that I truly cannot achieve in any other part of the world. When the BP oil spill of 2010 occurred, I was very concerned about the marine life and the quality of the water close to shore. What people do not realize is that although the spill may have been “cleaned up” that summer, the indigenous life in the water and on the shore are still feeling the effects of this oil spill to this day.
According to Marcos Cordero of the Green Business Bureau Blog, construction, pollution, overfishing, and overall disregard to the well-being of the environment that is taking place close to the coasts of these aforementioned beaches are immensely destructive to the marine life in the oceans.
Although there has been continued governmental regulation of protecting our beaches, it is also important that individuals take the initiative and work to improve their personal habits in order to benefit the environment. Carpooling, riding bikes, and walking near the coast can improve the quality of air immensely. If the quality of air is improved, the quality of water will also improve, providing the marine life with a more beautiful, pure, and safer habitat. Although I do not think recreational activities in or near the ocean, such as fishing, should be completely outlawed, I do think that if individuals work to change their habits little by little, the beaches that we love to vacation to and enjoy will be in better shape and will continue exist in good condition.

 

4 Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Food

Locally grown foods are better for the environment. Many times processed foods go through multiple factories before they actually arrive at the fast food chain, and those factories use a lot of power to do things like slaughter cows our packaging food. That power is in turn supplied by power plants, which use fossils fuels to work. This whole train, can just end with you buying your foods from a farmer who uses his own tools, machines, and manpower to grow his crops.

So, there’s the major environmental impact. What are some other pros?

Here’s a list of four reasons why you should choose to go with the locally grown food in your area.

Locally grown food…

1. …is healthier than eating processed food as you’re not aware of the quantity of fat, sodium, and harmful toxins placed in it. With locally grown food, you can track the growth process and measure how many, as well as what type of chemicals are put into your foods. Plus, local foods also contain more nutrients than other foods.

2. …is better for the local economy. Buying local keeps revenue close to home and helps fund local businesses.

3. …has more flavor. When foods go through through processing, they lose key factors that hold better flavors. However, when you buy locally grown food, the flavors are still ripe due to you getting them straight from your local market. Also if you buy locally grown fruits in season, they will be full of flavor since the conditions of the soil during that time of the month are beneficial to whatever is in season. Keeping track of what’s in season helps with that too, of course. 😉

4. …helps to bring together a sense of community in an area. When people constantly start going to markets, it starts to become normal for people to get used to seeing each other. If people start caring for each other, then it will bring a nicer aura to the surrounding area.
I hope this list gave you a better idea of locally grown food. Even if you didn’t, I hope you put some of this info into consideration when you go shopping. So tell me, what do you think you’ll pick when you decide to go shopping?

Co-authored by the OnAir Team