Comment and Opinion
Tigers: Will They Become Extinct?
By Teddy Handley, Year 7
Tigers, the striped wonders of the jungle, have been around for many years. They roam around parts of Asia and India searching for prey. But will that end soon? Some recent studies have been suggesting that tigers will become extinct by 2050 if no action is taken to protect them. This would have a dramatic impact in the numbers of all the other animals in the areas where the tigers should live.
In the last 100 years, tigers have lost 93% of their territory in the wild, due to tree felling and the human population increase. India’s gigantic population has grown by around 50% in the last twenty years. This has forced tigers to move into more enclosed spaces, now having less room to roam, live and hunt. This has made tigers’ lives a lot harder and very different from what it should have been.
Some subspecies of tiger have already become extinct: the Javan tiger, the Caspian tiger and the Balinese tiger. Now only six species of tiger remain; the Siberian tiger, Bengal tiger, Sumatran tiger, South-China tiger, Indochinese tiger and the Malayan tiger. All the remaining tigers in the wild are endangered, with the Sumatran and South-China tigers flagged as critically endangered.
I recently heard that tigers are now seriously in danger and have a VERY high chance of becoming extinct in the wild within the next 12 years if we don’t act soon. If you want to help and not see this species become extinct, you could look for a charity and make a donation, also you could make sure that you never buy any products from a tiger - like its fur or a food/drinks made from tiger meat.
We can help to show respect to these creatures and try to do our own little bit to help tigers survive!
Will the World Run Out of Chocolate in 30 Years?
By Phoebe Orwin, Year 7
With the issues like climate change and global warming, the world is fast running out of cacao beans – the main ingredient for chocolate. How will the world react to losing our favourite sweet treat?
While 30 years may seem a long time, it will sure come around. So what’s really causing the rapid decrease in stock of chocolate? Cacao beans can only grow in certain places near to the equator in highly specific conditions, and with temperature rise of just 2.1°C (caused by global warming) there isn’t much hope for this vital plant at the minute. Officials have said ‘the trees are perishing in the warm weather’. This is pretty bad, because the trees must have abundant rain, not droughts.
But it isn’t just about us. Think about all the businesses that will have a huge decrease in stock of their products. Take Cadbury for example. They have so many products it’s impossible to list them all. My personal favourites are bound to disappear in the chocolate deadline: Fudge, Mini Eggs, Creme Egg, Classic and Oreo. Imagine going into a shop and all the chocolate is gone. Shops will also be affected as a lot of their sales depend on chocolate themed products.
Finally, my personal thoughts on what will happen to us when there is officially NO chocolate left. It wouldn’t affect me entirely as I only enjoy a little bit of it. But as for the rest of the world… well that would end in a complete meltdown. Maybe even a global depression?
One day I’m going to school as normal as I can. During one of the lessons, a student asked me to lend a pen to him, so I did. After period 6, I asked him to give back the pen and he said, “I’ll give it back to you tomorrow.” I trusted him so I asked again the day after and he said, “Can I use it for today please?” From my kindness, I lent him the pen again and repeated that he must give me back the pen after period 6. Still, he said the same sentence again and because I’m his friend, I gave him just one more chance.
However, he betrayed our promises, he lost my pen and he was making an excuse for it!!!!! He said, “I dropped the pen at my nan’s, I’ll give you back tomorrow, k?”
At that point, a small midget millisecond passed and I was almost shouting at him but I managed to calm down by reasoning that it would be a shame for the friendship to break because of a pen. As the day passed by, I started to forget that I ever had a pen or a pencil to lend out.
If this happens to you, remember to calm down, because your friends may help you in the future!