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Topic 6 What would you change about your hometown?
If I could change one important thing about my hometown, it would be air pollution problem, and I will give the following reasons to explain why I want to solve the problem.
The first and most important reason is that I hope that my hometown can become a beautiful city. As an old industrial city, my hometown has made a great deal of contribution for the country's economic development. At a result, the natural environment of the city has been badly damaged. The forest has disappeared; the mountains have become bald, and the most awful thing is that the air quality becomes more and more worse. People seldom see the blue sky during most time of year.
Another reason why I want to change my hometown's air pollution situation is that the city's development needs clean and tidy environment to attract investors. Nowadays people have come to know that the city's environment, which is so called "software facility of the city", plays an important role in the city's future. For example, due to the fact that the environment of the city is very poor, many local students who pursue their study out of the city would rather find themselves a job in other cities than coming back to their hometown after they graduated.
In addition, nowadays people have paid more and more attention to their health. If the air pollution problem cannot be solved as quickly as possible, people's requirement for a healthy body will never be realized.
In my mind, changing air pollution will apparently be my first choice if I can change one important thing about my hometown. Fortunately people in my hometown are gradually aware of the serious problem and start doing something about it.
There is no shortage of things that could be changed in my hometown. However, if I had to make one major improvement, I would choose to create more parks and green spaces. I feel this way for two major reasons, which I will explore in the following essay.
First of all, parks help people to relax and find serenity, two things which are both in short supply in today’s hectic world. Here in my hometown we live in a typical “concrete jungle” of high rise apartments, tedious commutes, traffic jams and crowded sidewalks. These sorts of problems lead to a lot of stress and anxiety in the population as a whole. In many cases, such anxiety gets so extreme that it causes health problems and even death.
I strongly believe that building parks could offer a permanent solution. My father is a good example of what I mean. For thirty years, he lived and worked in the same city that I do now. Several years ago he was forced into early retirement following a minor heart attack brought about by high blood pressure and workplace stress. Following his retirement he moved to a more rural location, surrounded by trees, rivers and wildlife. In a short period of time, his stress was alleviated and he began to live a happier and healthier life.
I am certain that by building some parks in the city where I live, my neighbors and I could enjoy similar benefits.
Secondly, the construction of parks will not just benefit our mental health, but will also encourage physical fitness among the populace. Not everyone is able to afford a gym membership, and our crowded sidewalks and streets are not suited for jogging or bicycling.
The construction of parks would provide children with a place to run around and adults with a place to practice simple team sports. When my father moved to the countryside, it wasn’t only his worries that went away. He also lost a considerable amount of weight as he made the decision to begin each morning with a brisk walk in the forest.
Even if I wanted to follow his example, doing so would be impossible where I live, as the streets are too crowded for casual walking. For this reason, I am desperate for some added green space in my hometown.
In conclusion, if I could change one thing about my hometown I would choose to convert some of our concrete and steel surroundings to beautiful parks and green spaces. This is because such spaces would benefit both the mental and physical health of me and my neighbors.
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