Two Green Leaves

Climate Change from the Affected Generation

Why I'm a Climate Activist 2 August 2018 | Posted in News

We live in a world today surrounded by climate change statistics. Percentages, units, numbers, graphs, exponents. We go on with our lives consuming this valuable knowledge, but we never stop and think: what does this mean? What does this mean for ourselves, our families, our friends, our health, our happiness, our surroundings? What does this mean?

I’ve thought about this question for a long time, because if I put in the time and the effort to combat climate change, I need to have a reason. An answer to the question I hear so often: why are you a climate activist?

In the summer of 2016, 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, and instead of visiting human made landmarks, I get to see something 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 that I’ll vividly remember one magical place: Iceberg Lake.

Iceberg lake is the most stunning thing I’ve ever seen. Towering cliffs embrace the stunning blue water. Patches of scree flow down to the shore, and 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 is the biggest problem humankind has ever faced is caused by humankind ourselves is simply outrageous. I cannot go on with my life while ignoring climate change. That is why I’m a climate activist.

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