Millions of years of evolution has created the creatures that inhabit the earth today, and all of those organisms have their niches or roles in their environments through the ways that they interact with one another. All of their interactions affect the world in a multitude of ways, and no organism’s effects on the environment are more noticeable or degrading than the activities exhibited by humans. When environmental preservation is brought into discussion, the average person’s stance on the issue seems to be: “Why should I care about something that does not affect me?” Despite not being very prevalent in the minds of some people, the answer to this question is quite simple: “You should care because it does affect you.”
Kyle is a senior at Webster Schroeder High School in Rochester, NY. He is very involved in animal rights and efforts to preserve the environment.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx