Dear Straight Talk: I’m afraid for the end of the world. How do others cope with the mistreatment of our planet? We have rising oceans, nuclear plant meltdowns, species extinction, food-chain disruptions, economic collapse, nuclear weapons and terrorism — not to mention the Mayan and Biblical prophecies about the end of the world. Other kids worry about this stuff, too, but they just drink or go on Facebook, or to the mall. How can I be happy knowing how close we are to the brink? How should I live my life? Please help. — Justin, 17, Los Angeles
Taylor, 15, Santa Rosa: Learning to cope is part of the process. Life is a gift. Not knowing what breath will be my last, I use the ones I am blessed with to create a better tomorrow. Keep your head up, listen to positive music, make good friends, work for a cause you believe in.
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