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Noah Gregory, who lives in Navarre, a town in northwest Florida, spends a lot of time thinking about ways to stop pollution and make this a better world.

During the summer of 2010, as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continued month after month, Noah started drawing different plans for stopping the leak. Now that the spill has been stopped, Noah still wants to make sure we protect the environment and keep another oil disaster like that from ever happening again.

Noah began working on his computer and sending emails to other people asking if they wanted to work with him to help stop pollution. He also runs a business and is always looking for things to sell to help make money.

You can email Noah at noahnate2@yahoo.com or missionsfromusa@gmail.com. He is always interested in hearing from other people who want to make this world a better place.

This is Noah’s story:

Ways to stop polluting

Here are some ways to stop polluting:

  • We should recycle;
  • We should ride our bike to close places;
  • We should try to come up with something to take away pollution.

You can come up with other stuff to stop polluting. Also, if you are interested in this or would like to ask some questions, here are some email addresses: noahnate2@yahoo.com, missionsfromusa@gmail.com

If climate change, dwindling oil supplies or species extinctions make life miserable for us in the near or not-so-near future, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves. Like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” we’ve had the answer — actually, many answers — all along.

There’s no shortage of solutions being offered for all the environmental problems staring us in the face. Worried about the global destabilization that might be created by climate change? International Alert offers a hopeful and detailed blueprint for averting climate conflict.┬áConcerned about U.S. energy consumption? The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency outlines ways to improve energy efficiency across all sectors by 2025. Want to create a sustainable, clean-energy future for all the world’s inhabitants? The InterAcademy Council provides an in-depth plan.

It’s not the lack of solutions that’s the problem: it’s the political will. What we need is a Marshall Plan for global security, a Kennedy-like challenge to deal with climate change “before the decade is out.” Of course, it’s not politicians alone who are to blame: unless more of us demand change and elect leaders capable of thinking big, we’re part of the problem too.

With daily news reports and new studies reinforcing what we already know — that the environment and climate are suffering, and we’re to blame — it’s easy to feel discouraged, helpless and even hopeless. So, for a change, today I’m focusing on something positive and hopeful: Watercone.

This simple yet elegant, portable and 100-percent solar-powered device lets users convert saltwater or brackish, undrinkable water into pure potable drinking water. Each Watercone can product 1.6 liters of clean drinking water a day — enough to meet the needs of one child.

It’s a wonderful innovation that could save many lives. Watercone’s makers point to UNICEF statistics showing that 5,000 children a day die from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water. To help change that, Watercone is looking for investors and companies that can help it start producing and distributing its product for a reasonable price. If you’re interested, please contact the company at stephan@augustin.net.