Two Green Leaves

Climate Change from the Affected Generation

Why I'm a Climate Activist 12 November 2017 | Posted in News

So much of the climate debate seems mired in the details: numbers, regulations, statistics, graphs. We become lost in all these details, and we forget to ask ourselves: what does this mean? What does climate change mean for ourselves, our families, our friends, our health, our happiness, our future generations?  I’ve thought about this question for four years since I was in fourth grade.

The answer struck me in the summer of 2016 when I traveled to Glacier National Park with my family.  We’ve made it a tradition to visit at least one national park every year, as to first savor the environment, and then save it. I love to go on these national park trips because there is so much to do and so much to see. I get to move around freely for miles.  Instead of visiting human-made landmarks, I get to see landmarks made by someone much more significant and mysterious: Mother Nature. In twenty or thirty years, I might not remember much about this trip, but I know I’ll vividly remember one magical place: Iceberg Lake.

Iceberg Lake is the most stunning thing I’ve ever seen. Towering cliffs embrace the vivid blue water. Patches of scree flow down to the shore, while blinding white glaciers slowly and gracefully migrate in sync with the wind. No picture, no virtual reality, no words can describe Iceberg Lake. The only way to know what it’s like there is to be there.

Unfortunately, climatologists predict that all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2030. Some pessimistic studies even predict their vanishing act will come as soon as 2020. What will we call Glacier National Park when all the glaciers are gone? What will we call Iceberg Lake when there are no icebergs? Most importantly, how will I explain that to my kids?

To know that climate change, the biggest problem humankind has ever faced, is caused by humans ourselves is simply outrageous. I cannot simply go on with my life while ignoring it.  For us, climate change means that “America the Beautiful” cannot become a song of remembrance.  It must remain a description of the place in which our kids can explore and flourish. If you agree, take a small action to make this a reality.  You can call or write to your elected officials urging them to enact any and all legislation aimed to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.  Together, we will stop climate change.

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