Dennis Goodboy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am


Hello, friends! It's sure great to be back in the 852! It was such a long trip to the North Pole, and already I miss all my trekking friends.

So we went up North to see what was going on with the polar ice. And I'll tell you more about my adventures in my future columns.

Right now, you know how it goes, someone else has got the pictures, everyone's caught up with going back to school, and I'm pupped! I mean pooped!

So I wanted to talk to you about school and global warming. How are the two related, you might ask. Well, I can tell you that going to school doesn't cause global warming - so no free holidays there.

The thing is, though, that both of them can affect us in much the same way. I know I'm sad about global warming and the feeling that I really can't do anything about it. Honestly, my carbon footprint is really tiny. When I travel, it's always in someone else's bag.

I'm also worried about the new school exam system, because I know lots of you are worried about it. It seems there is so much work and so little time. I feel your pain. I've heard my friends talking and I know they are very stressed.

Both of these things can make us feel the same way - small, helpless and insignificant.

It seems these problems are looming over us and, well, they might get the better of us. It's easy for me to say 'don't worry' and 'be happy' because I don't have to take the exams.

So what I want to say to you is this: you can't solve global warming by yourself. You can really only do your bit to live as carbon-light as possible. By the time you grow up, we might have been able to make the changes we need to make to save the world.

There are always problems in this world that seem bigger than we are. That's just life. Your parents may have worried about the threat of nuclear war and nuclear power. Your grandparents probably lived through the second world war, or had to help clean up afterwards. They all survived and so will you.

As far as school goes, this pressure might be big, but it is also brief. It will be over, there will be an end to it. Sometimes in life you face tough challenges, and you just have to bend your head and do your best. It is not an 'all-or-nothing' fight. If you don't make it this time, it's not the end of the world. There are many other options open to you. Not everyone is great at schoolwork, and if you don't do as well as expected, you can do it again.

So for now, my friends, all you can do is add oil and keep your tail wagging!