Monday Program – Week in Review #11

News sources from all over the world constantly tell people about the worsening climate situation, explaining how detrimental it may be to our future if immediate changes aren’t made. For good reason, this is a worrying situation for many people. Luckily, the upcoming generation may be exactly what is needed to help turn awareness into action. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported that “A solid majority of American teenagers are convinced that humans are changing the Earth’s climate and believe that it will cause harm to them personally and to other members of their generation”, a positive piece of information to hear as the first step of taking action is understanding that the current situation is, in fact, a serious one. The poll also reported that 25% of American teenagers have been present at a rally or written to a local government official in regard to climate change. Technology certainly has its negative sides, but one of the major benefits is the unity that can be achieved towards a common goal. Thanks to the multiple social media applications that most teenagers have downloaded onto their cell phones, the ease of communication between people can raise awareness for a cause very quickly. Multiple news sources have reported that due to the upcoming United Nations summit, thousands of students around the United States are planning to walk out of their classrooms to bring attention to the issues that climate change is causing. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old girl who voyaged across the Atlantic in her small carbon-neutral sailboat, stated that “People feel very guilty when a child says, ‘You are stealing my future.’ That has an impact.” She finished by adding “We have definitely made people open their eyes.” An American study has shown that 70% of teens agree that climate change will be detrimental to the future of their generation unless action is taken to lessen the negative impact people are having on the Earth. A teenage climate activist named Gabe Lopez explained that “Adults think: ‘Oh you’re so young, you don’t know what you’re talking about,’” he continued by stating “But I know the facts, and I know what the most drastic consequences will be. I know that people aren’t doing what needs to be done.” Although it is tough for many to believe that an end can be brought to the earth-harming behavior being committed every day, it’s positive to see that a generation that doesn’t have the ability to vote is taking such positive action so that further attention can be brought to an issue that many government officials are pushing to the side. 

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