Marin Voice: Caring about climate change key for county’s teens, young adults
Spring is a beautiful time not to care about climate change in California. By late March, the mountains have turned green again, pink flowers are everywhere and benevolent winds blow easy temperatures across the valleys and striking coastlines of the state.
Living in those conditions, it is hard to remember that global warming exists, or that California is suffering from one of the largest droughts in history, or that not just four months earlier wildfires ripped across the mountains. In just three months, they are likely to return.
It is even more difficult to care about climate change as teenagers living in Marin County, where academic competition is fierce, social life is uncomfortable and college admissions can feel like the end of the world. In marin there seems to be a lack of regard, care and awareness when it comes to climate change.
This mindset is harmful and needs to change. Despite what our beautiful natural environment might suggest, climate change does exist (even in Marin) and deserves our attention.
Our Earth is warming at an alarming speed. It will bring about catastrophic changes to its natural systems if temperatures continue to rise. Climate change has been the key factor driving wildfires across the globe and will only lead to more devastating fire seasons. Global warming is here to stay and while these facts should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, for many young adults and teens in Marin, this is simply not the case.
As much as we (students) would like to believe the contrary, our lives are going to be different than our parents. As responsible members of our generation, we must have conservations with our friends about climate change, take environmental science classes and become involved with climate organizations.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate
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