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By Alissa W.
Alaska, Age 5

There's hardly anyone who hasn't been affected by local pollution and illegal animal killings this summer. Some kids had to go inside and play more than 20 times on perfectly sunny days.

Erin M. complained, 'I'm allergic to smog and I've had to go to bed sick many times when I could be outside with my friends.'

But these things aren't affecting humans alone. Tens of tons of animal and plant species are endangered because of trees being cut down, pollution, illegal hunting and littering in public areas.

'We are absolutely shocked at the number of animal breeds fading, but not surprised, and THAT is a sad fact,'says Dr. Brown, an endangered animals expert.

In fact, as you're reading this sentence, hundreds of forests are being cut-down. As Dr.Brown said, 'who knows how many species and health sollutions are being and have been lost.'

Koalas and toucans are recognizable enough in this condition, but have you considered grizzly bears?

Grizzly population is in bad shape as it is, with weekly huntings, bad pollution and weather, natural deaths and the illegal feedings from the public in camp-outs and forests.

Many zoos, safaries and local organizations online and in your neighborhood are trying to save animals from a terrible fate--extinction.

An interview with mother and volunteer Sally B. came out with the result, 'But there IS something we can do.A lot, actually. Kids can spread the word, you know, and results can happen. A favourite of MY kids is tree-planting clubs. I mean, you guys are the future of this planet... put it in good hands.'

As for parents, she says, 'Encourage your child and be an example. Join organizations, actually I joined a school PTA and there was a meeting concerning this, and I became involved and interested, and so did the kids. `Mommy, can I do recycling for show-and-tell?''

There ARE ways to help. And you can join the club. Get involved, and that's a plea from the planet Earth.