Tips to Write a Factual Essay for Continuous Writing, SPM (2)

Sample Essay

What can we do to save the environment? (Continuous Writing, SPM 2010)

Pollution has harmful effects on the environment. Since we are the inhabitants of the earth, each of us has to contribute to the prevention of pollution [general discussion]. We should accept personal responsibility and participate actively in making the environment, pollution free [thesis statement]

First of all, we can participate in saving the environment by adopting the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle [stating first point]. Reuse things that are still good to use and recycle things that you can recycle. Spend extra five minutes sorting out what is rubbish and what is recyclable [elaborating first point]. We can recycle almost everything these days such as plastics, glass, clothes, metals, newspapers and so on. Reduce the use of plastic bags by recycling them or not using them at all. We can use a basket, a rucksack or other bags for our shopping [providing details and examples to support first point].

Apart from that, in order to save our environment, we need to be aware that our actions have effects on our planet [stating second point]. If we are friends of the earth, it will also be friendly to us. Therefore, be a part of the solution by doing the right things in our daily lives [elaborating second point]. For example, we may use unleaded gasoline in our cars and keep our cars properly maintained to avoid excessive smoke emissions. Besides, smokers should consider to quit smoking or at least follow the "No Smoking" sign. Avoid open burning. We need oxygen to breathe and sustain our lives, so allow the earth to have more clean air [providing details and examples to support second point].

Last but not least, we can save the environment by speaking out and telling people what we know about pollution and its effects [stating third point]. Do whatever we can to get the word out there[elaborating third point]. For instance, we may write an article for our school magazine or local newspaper. We may also start a group with our friends and meet once a week to discuss environmental issues and what we can do to help. In addition, making a speech about preventing pollution in the community gatherings or school assembly can also get the word out [providing details and examples to support third point]

In a nutshell, we can save the environment by adopting the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), doing the right things to prevent pollution in our daily lives, and speaking out what we know about pollution [restating main points]. We should therefore accept personal responsibility and participate actively to save the environment [emphasize the importance of topic].