Two Green Leaves

Climate Change from the Affected Generation

Why I'm a Climate Activist 12 November 2017

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.

Our Children's Trust is Saving the World 19 June 2017

And giving us hope

Although most kids these days are often quite busy playing soccer, or persistently fidget spinning, some are looking to the future. Not the next day at school, but to their adulthood, when climate change may be irreversible. Specifically, 21 kids aged 9-20 are suing the federal government for not protecting their rights to a healthy climate and stable ecosystem. These youth plaintiffs are part of an organization called Our Children’s Trust, founded by Julia Olsen on August 15, 2015 which happens to be National Youth Day. If they succeed, the federal government will be legally required to take specific actions to decrease carbon dioxide emissions to a safe level. They’ve been gaining the attention of people around the world, and are making some of us believe that a healthy future may not be too far off after all.

Will you help pass these bills? 11 March 2017

Here is a post that I wrote for Our Climate. Hope you enjoy, learn about the bills, and take action.

The world today is filled with significant events, and the news seems to scramble to cover everything. I listen to the news every day, and climate change is sometimes slipped into the daily news as a side topic. That is because climate change is always happening, and it would not be anything new if the news reported that the climate was changing. So with all the news today, climate change seems insignificant. But it is the opposite of that. Climate change will have devastating effects to our planet if the only response to it is inaction. Even today, our planet has seen increases in ocean acidification, collapses of ecosystems, extinction or endangerment of keystone species, droughts, hurricanes, malaria and zicha, sea level rise, wildfires, crop failure, climate refugees, economy collapses, smog, fresh water scarcity, and a seemingly endless amount more. Inaction will only make it worse.

Donald Trump's Executive Actions on Climate Change 9 February 2017

And what it means for America

Welcome to the Trump Era. Over the past two weeks, I’ve still found it difficult to believe that America has elected a narcissist to the most powerful and respected position in the country. The executive actions Trump is currently taking are powerful enough to affect our personal lives and puncture the shield surrounding our natural and basic human rights. As the second largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, and the wealthiest country in the world, America struggles to preserve the environment we live in. With a president who invests in and supports the very companies that inflict damage upon our environment, only time will tell what nature has in store.

In this article, I will be explaining what Donald Trump has done or intends to do regarding the environment and climate change.

What is Palm Oil? 27 January 2017

And why is it so bad?

Many people including myself are concerned about the content of trans fat in the foods we eat on a day to day basis. Not because it harms the environment, but rather because it has many negative side effects such as type 2 diabetes, lowering good cholesterol and raising bad cholesterol, and increasing the risk of a stroke or heart disease. It is such a nasty fat that there is even bans and restrictions from the government concerning it. Our solution was a healthier option called palm oil. Palm oil is grown on the African Palm Oil Tree or the Elaeis guineensis and is mostly grown in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. It is used in soaps, cosmetics, detergents, margarine and many other places that you might not expect. In fact, it is so widely used that it’s estimated about a half of all supermarket products use a form of it with about 50 million tonnes of it used annually. But although it may be convenient and sometimes delicious, it can be detrimental to our forests, climates, and communities.