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Creative Nonfiction Inspirational Contemporary

Hello all! I want to thank all of you for being the best audience you can ever be. I honestly never imagined giving my story in front of so many people!ย 

I would like to start from the very beginning of my life. My name is Johanna Mary Katherine. Many people like to call Joe, Mary, or J.K. (pun intended).ย 

As a child, say about six or seven, I have always been fascinated by Earth. About evolution of the biosphere. How humans came about, how Earth formed, how animals evolved, the process of plants, photosynthesis,ย everything. I was curious about how we could live on Earth, but cannot on other planets.ย 

Once I got a little older, in middle school, I started to really understand the layers of Earth. What it is made up of. What greenhouse gases were, how nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide were all important for us to live.ย 

Then, I was introduced to the topic of photosynthesis. How plants get food from the sun, and how they give off carbon dioxide. It was very interesting how they get nutrients from the soil, energy from the sun, and how they use their talent to help Earth have a cleaner atmosphere. I remember my seventh-grade biology teacher, Mrs. Sandra, telling us all about these processes and the importance of planting gardens and trees. She was my favorite teacher in the entire world, and I had gotten motivated by her words, and convinced my family, friends, and cousins to plant trees as well.ย 

But then came along the topic ofย Climate Change. I had learned that the greenhouse gases were working much harder than they ever need to, and as a result, is capturing more and more heat and giving it to the atmosphere. This action of trapping more heat is heating up Earth too much. The animals living in the poles are not able to survive because the glaciers, ice caps, their entire home is heating up.ย 

This will cause unbalance in the entire food chain and the ecosystem. Think about it! Polar bears love to eat seals, and these seals love to eat fish. Fish love to feed on other fish, or algae. But if there are no fish, there are fewer seals, and when there are fewer seals, there are fewer polar bears, and so on. But humans also love to eat fish, and if there are fewer, the fishing industry will collapse. This was just an example how what is currently happening right now.ย 

Not only is the climate getting hotter affecting the animals and humans, but it is also affecting the layers of the atmosphere.ย 

There are five main layers in the atmosphere: Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, and Exosphere. Each of the layers is crucial to us. The Troposphere is the closest layer of gases to Earth. It is where all the weather occurs. So, if there is so much heat in the climate, there will be much more humidity. More humidity means more rains, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and so on. This can impact society a lot. Tropical climates such as Florida will have more of these severe weathers. Just like the food chain, the weather also needs to have a balance.ย 

The Stratosphere is where airplanes and weather balloons fly. If there is terrible weather in the Troposphere, then it will affect meteorologists a lot when they cannot get accurate information in their weather balloons. Also, if you all have a dream vacation and have just booked a plane, well...you gotta be careful!

The Mesosphere is where meteorites are. This layer makes sure that most meteors burn up and don't even enter Earth. Now, I'm not saying that this layer is terrible, but there have been very rare cases where meteors have passed through Earth.ย 

The Thermosphere is most important. If you ever wanna go to the beach and have a tan, make sure to thank this layer! The Thermosphere is the one that protects us from any harmful UV radiation from the sun. Plus, ever heard of the Northern Lights? Well, they happen in this layer!

Lastly, the Exosphere. Well, this layer is nothing but space, so we can just leave this layer alone.

But, you all might be asking why all this information is important. If you are, then you are on the right track. If we make sure to not burn so many fossil fuels such as coal, then we are ensuring that the greenhouse gases are not trapping too much heat. Our climate has changed a lot, but we are not hopeless yet!

Once I learned all this information, I wanted to start an organization called "START NOW; SAVE EARTH", where we all plant trees, do the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and help the Earth become a much better place for all of the biosphere.ย 

We all have to understand that all four spheres are connected. We are a part of the biosphere, meaning we are all living things. We all need the hydrosphere, water, to meet our needs. We need the atmosphere, the air, to help us breathe. We need the geosphere because we need a stable place to walk. Not only that, the geosphere contains crust and the lithosphere which are crucial parts to form landforms and continents. Lastly, in a way, we also need the cryosphere, which stands for all the ice and glaciers in the world.ย 

Everything we do is a domino effect. All humans must understand that whatever they are doing is also affecting the other four spheres. Once we try to maintain a balance between all the spheres, it will help Earth greatly.

So, this is how I want to conclude my talk. I want to help advise everyone to start now and save Earth. We are all part of it, you over there, you in the back corner, and myself. Let us all hold hands and take one step together to prevent Earth from becoming like the other planets in our Solar System.

Let's actย now.

February 07, 2021 18:08

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I put my heart and soul into this story. Well, it's not really a story, more of a speech. But, everything in here is from my Science Class. I hope you enjoyed.

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Nancy Drayce
18:32 Feb 07, 2021

This story is AMAZING! I love itt! Bringing awareness is crucial and the way you spread the message through story/speech is really well done. I learned a lot (I forgot a lot from school too, so this was a really nice reminder) Beautiful story, Laila! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŸ

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Kristin Neubauer
19:14 Feb 09, 2021

I learned a lot from this! While not a story in the traditional sense, I'd argue that it is the story of the Earth and the story of the Earth's slow burn. I'm picturing JK as a Greta Thunberg in training. Well done on taking a risk and going with this - it worked!

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Mou Sur
20:49 Feb 08, 2021

Hey Haripriya.Great job! Wonderful story.Enjoyed reading it.Keep writing :)

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Mary Kate
06:37 Feb 08, 2021

Hi Laila, what a great idea to have the speech as the actual story- well done :-)

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Mary Kate
06:35 Feb 09, 2021

Wow, thanks! So nice :-)

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22:01 Feb 17, 2021

Attention grabbing title โ˜บ๏ธ

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22:04 Feb 17, 2021

Welcome Laila!:)

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22:08 Feb 17, 2021

Okay Haripriya! Nice nameโ˜บ๏ธ

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Eddie Thawne
16:15 Feb 17, 2021

Great Job, Laila. I loved the speech. You took me back to school.

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Eddie Thawne
21:42 Feb 17, 2021

You're most welcome.

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What a wonderful and enlightening story Laila. Climate change is such a huge and powerful topic that needs to be talked about more. I really enjoyed all the facts in this story, and how it is written like a speech. Amazing job, you should be proud! ~Alainna

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Maya
19:44 Feb 10, 2021

If you would like to play at 3:30 EST I'm going to put the link in my bio (at the bottom XD) :)

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Maya
22:02 Feb 10, 2021

Aw, that's alright. :)

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Thanks for understanding. I only have time on Friday, since there is not school. Tomorrow until 4:30, we have movie night...or I guess afternoon...lol. ;)

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Maya
23:35 Feb 10, 2021

Oh, that's nice you don't have school on Fridays, and movie night sounds fun! :) Lol ;)

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09:06 Feb 09, 2021

Hello, Haripriya! This is the first story I've read by you, and I have to say it was really insightful. Seriously, what are the chances that I'm doing climate change in Geography right now. HOW??? I also read your whole bio, and it's crazy but I play the violin too, and I draw with Ohuhu markers too! I'm starting to get a teeeeeeny bit concerned that we have a lot of common in already. Great work! :D

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Oh wow, thank you so much! Also, that really is a coincidence! Aww, thank you so much! You are a superstar! ;) Really? Wow, we might be virtual twins after all...๐Ÿคฃ

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Jessica Heber
00:54 Feb 15, 2021

Wow

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Valerie June
06:55 Feb 12, 2021

Amazing story! I especially loved how simple yet understandable your short story (speech) was. I learned so much from this, too.

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Haha, thank you so much Jose. Glad you learned something from my stories for the first time! (Usually, my stories are more, let's say...geared to fiction, so this one was kind of different. But really appreciate it! )

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Valerie June
20:09 Feb 12, 2021

Yes, I totally agree. Most of my stories are also fiction based, but ever now and then I experiment with something different. By the way, thanks so much for reading my stories! I really appreciate it. I canโ€™t wait to read more of your stories.

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Maya
17:15 Feb 09, 2021

A question for my Reedsy cast, you said you want to be in the Artist Guild so which type of art would you like to do? Like painting, sketching, sculpting, singing, playing an instrument, etc.

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Oh, umm, I would say painting and instrument, because irl I do love to paint and play the violin.

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Maya
22:43 Feb 09, 2021

That's awesome! Thanks! :)

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Hari!!!! I felt like I was in science class LOL! Ur sooo smart! I loved this story so much! Great work:) (p.s) Sorry if I havenยดt been reading ur stories, been busy lately but I will soon! p.p.s- WOW 99 stories!!!! almost 100! Akshaya wanted me to wish u for 100 stories because she couldn't wish u chause she's not allowed in reedsy until March. And she said to tell u she'll read ur stories in March.

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Thank you soooooo much! Also, really? Tell Akshaya I said hi! Her stories are amazing and I really miss her!!

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AHH, you would do that?? Thank youuuuu! I just posted my 100th story, and would love to know your feedback!

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