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Students strike in New York City, September 2019. Image: USA Today
by, Natalia Uro-DeLeon, Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA
Today, the conversations concerning the current state of the environment quickly become frustrating arguments that always seem to run me dry of hope. It seems so unfair that a generation ridiculed for being glued to their screens, often communicating in a language of slang yet to be deciphered by any Rosetta Stone, is the same generation tasked with resolving a global crisis.
Considering the fact that past generations did not have the advanced technology or instant communication that today’s generation has fit into the palm of their hand; I can understand how they failed to comprehend the impact of their activities and the urgency of immediate reaction. Nonetheless, it frustrates me even more to think that within the next decade – my generation has to give combating climate change our all. This global crisis will require all of our cooperation, innovation, and focus or we face mass extinction.
As daunting as this task seems, students around the globe have answered the call. In the past year alone, we have seen a sixteen-year-old single-handedly mobilize millions of students to boycott school on Fridays in an effort to demand climate action.
We have seen the devastation a single president can wreak on our country. Trump’s signature alone has eroded years of legislative progress centered on tackling environmental challenges. Executive Orders grant the President the power to take immediate action. What can possibly be more urgent than the existential crisis of global warming?
This election, a new era of voters await a candidate whose agenda prioritizes climate action. Our next President must reposition the United States as a leader in combating global climate change by implementing a green economy and supporting sustainable development. Our next President, whoever they may be, must consider the following: Whose future are you fighting for?
Yesterday at the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060” with the aim of hitting peak emissions before 2030. China had choice words for the Trump administration and its complete lack of international leadership on climate change action. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang […]
The world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 of the poorest 50% according to a new study from Oxfam. From 1990 to 2015, CO2 emissions rose by 60%; experts saw the wealthiest one percent’s emissions rise three times more than those of the poorest half during that period.
Why this matters: While the wealthiest indulge in luxuries that contribute more to climate change, a federal report found that the poor will be among the earliest victims of climate crises and will be impacted the most.
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