I am a recent college graduate. I majored in sustainable development. Based on the information I have learned, I am terrified. Climate change is happening now, and every day we let slip by without action increases the degree of widespread human suffering.
Though I am afraid, I have hope. My ecology professor explained, “The earth is self-regulating and will always be more powerful than we are. Ecological studies have shown that the earth will fix itself if we let it, at a rate much faster than predicted. But we must reduce the pressure.” I focus on this truth and put my hope in the resilience of nature that can never be dismantled.
A Green New Deal will help Americans support nature’s resiliency. We must transform our economy now to preserve the resources we depended on. We need a massive mobilization of every sector of society to socially reconstruct our norms. Any presidential candidate who wants to be taken seriously on climate and earn the support of young people need to support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey’s resolution.
Take care of your planet. It’s the only place you have to live.