Lex Strike For The Climate
By Gaeun Suh
Climate change is one of the most profound crises humanity has faced. Yes, climate change has occurred on all time scales throughout Earth’s history, but this time around humanity is the main cause of it. Some aspects of the current climate change are typical, but others are not. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a record high relative to more than the past half-million years and has done so at a rapid pace. Current global temperatures are warmer than they have ever been during at least the past five centuries (European Environment Agency).
We have to take action now— even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, global warming would continue to occur for at least several more decades, if not centuries. This is because it takes a while for the planet (e.g., the oceans) to respond and because carbon dioxide, the predominant heat-trapping gas, lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds of years (NASA). Climate change cannot be constantly disregarded by humanity any longer.
Because of global warming, the Arctic may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a couple of years. Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century (NASA). These are not the only major environmental impacts that have been made— and there are appalling consequences that are foreseen, as we all know. To avoid some of the worst effects of climate change, the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere needs to be reduced, and humanity has to adapt to the consequences that have already occurred. A majority of our representatives have avoided taking crucial actions that could have prevented further damage. Our planet is slowly collapsing as a result.
Lexington Climate Strike demands a safer future for Generation Z and its environment. Lexington Climate Strike demands for a Green New Deal to be passed. The global crisis still has not been resolved because politicians have avoided it: demoting proper bills, declaring that they are not feasible. If politicians put their focus on climate change, then they could eventually prevent it from intensifying — even with all of the economic and political hurdles. Through activism, we will manifest our desire to push representatives and banks to prioritize the real, evident issue of our time — climate change.
Climate activism is effective. After years of pressure from environmental campaigners, the European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the European Union, has proposed a new draft policy to stop funding fossil fuel-reliant projects by 2020. UN secretary-general António Guterres called on world leaders to come to New York in September 2019 with “concrete realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020” as a result of school strikes.
So on September 20th, please come help break the silence that is put on climate change, and live the truth in public.