Youth activism is essential in the fight against climate change
James Hansen, an American professor who directs the Program on Climate Science, Outreach and Solutions at Columbia University, said: “Global warming is not a prediction. That happens. Hansen and many others are correct. The majority of those affected and who will continue to be affected by climate change are young people.
Young people are extremely relevant and important when it comes to climate policy activism. As the impacts of climate change continue to intensify, more young people continue to join the movement for positive change. Therefore, young people constitute a large part of climate change activists.
For climate change to improve, policies must be put in place to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars, to increase the use of renewable energy and other climate protection policies. Many groups of young activists support and encourage these policies.
Many climate change activist groups are made up of young people, such as the Sunrise Movement. “The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We are building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the fossil fuel leaders’ corrupting influence on our politics and electing leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all,” according to the Sunrise Movement website (sunrisemovement.org).
They are dedicated to making this world a better place for everyone, but more specifically, to having a sustainable planet and future. According to the Rapid Transition Alliance, the Sunrise Movement gained international attention in 2018 when it staged a sit-in inside the office of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to advocate in favor of a Green New Deal to replace what they saw as the weak climate of the Democratic Party”. program.” The movement put the Green New Deal at the center of the Democratic presidential race, “succeeding in changing the discourse around US environmental policy.”
According to Rob Jordan of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, “Echoing the past, the Green New Deal resolution drafted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts calls climate change a ‘threat. direct to the national security of the United States” and calls for the conversion of all American electricity to clean, renewable energy sources and the creation of millions of green jobs, among other goals”
Climate change is very serious and has a huge impact on our lives. Many young activists are attracted to the Green New Deal and make it their mission to support this policy. “The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution to mobilize all aspects of American society toward 100% clean, renewable energy,” says the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise movement is committed to stopping climate change and helping people in the process. The Green New Deal allows them to do this. The Green New Deal is a brilliant resolution that young activists continue to support.
Young activists are very important and relevant when it comes to climate policy activism. Young people make up a large part of the membership of climate change activist groups. According to a survey by The Washington Post, “most American teens are scared of climate change, according to polls, and about 1 in 4 are taking action.”
Policies must be put in place to reduce the effects of climate change on us. Youth activist groups such as the Sunrise Movement and policies such as the Green New Deal are key to making climate change better. A young climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, said: “We children are doing this to wake up the adults. We children do this so that you put aside your differences and begin to act as you would in a crisis. We children do this because we want our hopes and dreams back.
The only way to improve climate change is to act, because our future depends on it.
Tessa Johnston is a seventh grader at Fort Clarke Middle School. This piece was one of three winning essays in a contest organized by the Gainesville chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). The other winning essays were written by Amber Batts, a sixth-grader from St. Patrick Interparish School, and Charlotte Judge, a seventh-grader from Fort Clarke Middle School.
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