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Madison Mitchell

Posted on June 10, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Madison Mitchell

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According to NASA, the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate of 9% per decade. The thickness of the ice has decreased by 40% since the 1960s. In the image above, you can visually see the melting that has occurred in the last couple of decades. If the melting continues at the rate it is at right now, the IPCC predicts that sea levels could rise by 10 to 23 inches by 2100. Cities that are in low-lying coastal areas are at risk and could be ruined years from now when the sea levels rise. When looking at these statistics, these major effects won’t be until years from now. Adults now will not be heavily impacted by the effects of the ice caps melting and climate change in general. But do you know who will be affected? Our youth. This is why the youth play a unique and critical role in demanding bold climate action and accountability from our local and state decision makers. It is time for the youth to take action and get involved to help change our future. 

Why is it important for our youth to demand bold climate action and accountability from our local and state decision makers? It is important because it is our youth that will be directly affected by the effects of climate change. I believe that everyone should be getting involved in the protection of our planet regardless of age but because our youth are the ones that will be directly affected, I believe it is important for them to directly be involved with their future. Our youth has so much influence and impact through their actions. They are connected through media which allows them to increase their influence because of the number of people that can be reached with their messages. The youth should want to get involved because it is their future, their children’s future, and their grandchildren’s future that will be impacted by the effects of climate change. If they do not start reaching out and making an effort to create change, who will?

How can our youth get involved in demanding bold climate action and accountability from our local and state decision makers? The first thing that must happen for the youth to get involved is properly educating them. It is essential that the youth is made aware of these climate issues so that they may be educated and contribute to changes that must be made.  They can’t be a part of the change if they don’t understand what needs to change. Once they are educated, they can then reach out to their local and state decision makers. Ways to reach out are by sending letters to representatives or getting in contact with them directly. By getting their voices heard by representatives, they keep representatives accountable for hearing the people and their desires. Once a representative is aware of what the people want, they take responsibility for meeting those needs. If enough people reach out, they have more of a chance of making a change. Reaching out to representatives is a great way to help with making change, but individuals can also start making a change with their own actions. They can start living a “greener” lifestyle. This includes reducing energy and water consumption, recycling, switching to reusable items, and anything else that they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. 

We need to focus on the preservation of our planet if we want our children, grandchildren, and their children and grandchild to be able to live healthily and safely. The change starts with our youth. My message to them is that their involvement in demanding bold climate action and accountability from our local and state decision makers is important and essential for changing the future and helping save the planet. 

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