Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people today have no influence on the important decisions that determine the future of society as a whole. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Some individuals believe that young people today do not make any difference on the important decisions determining our future as a whole.People holding this view are convinced that in science,politics,economy,or even environmental protection,young people seldom devote their time and effort while their elder counterparts contribute more to the general good.From my perspective,however,young people today do influence the important decisions that determine the future of a society as a whole. First,high school students today have huge influence on important decisions that determine the future of society as a whole.With the economic growth,air pollution,water pollution,and desertification are increasingly serious since some goverments strive for proprtity at the cost of deteriorating environment.The highly educated high school students today,however,realize the long-term effects of unhealthy economic growth and endeavor to do some things to change the future of environmental protection.Social networking sites,undoubtedly,are desirable channels for those teenagers to arouse people's awareness and change the status quo.Last October,for example,a leather products manufacturer announced its decision to cooperate with Sichuan goverment and move its headquarter to Pixian County,Sichuan,via Weibo,the Chinese hybrid of Twitter and Instagram.After seeing this Weibo,many high school students inSichuan spontaneously decided to start a petition to stop this action on major Chinese social networking sites like Weibo,QQ,and Wechat.In addition to petition,students posted pictures,shared links,and uploaded videos warning people the possible negative consequences of water pollution and air pollution.When citizens from different age groups saw the starling pictures and articles online,they joined this action to guarantee their future heath.Sichuan goverment,ultimately,gave up this un-eco-friendly project under huge pressure.In this way,high school students as the major spokesmen for environmental protection do greatly influence important decisions that determine the future of society as a whole. Aside from high school students,college school students today also have huge influence on important decisions that determine the future of society as a whole.As opposed to high school students who are typically required to prepare for College Entrance Exam,and therefore less politically engaged,college school students,in contrast,plays a more significant role in shaping our future development.For one thing,college school students have more free time when they are not having classes.For another,college students are much more psychologically mature and financially independent.Accordingly,college students can stage demonstrations to pressure local goverment to stop social wrongs more effectively.A famous Chinese dairy company,Sanlu,for example,used to add illegal materials in milk powder for infants.When this scandal broke in 2008,some college students pressured the local economy.Three years later when a high-profile event Wenzhou high speed rail crash happened,college students from across the country marched for more safety concerns.From then on,Chinese people emphasize more on safety rather than on spped in transportation.In this way,college school students today do shape the valuesand future of the society as a whole. Admittedl,young people today are not independent psychologically and financially in general.These toungsters,however,do a better job in making their voice heard in determining the well-being of the society as a whole than young people in the past did.
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