Why Does Presidential Action on Climate Change Matter?

Student Climate Strike NYC   Photo: Amelia Holowaty Krales,  The Verge

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 thousands 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?

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