Fighting Climate Change

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/opinions/sutter-oregon-kids-lawsuit-climate/

As we all know, our climate is changing rapidly, and more action needs to be taken immediately. This article talks about a group of students from 8 ½ to 19 are taking action against the Obama administration and other Environmental agencies to see changes take place faster. The Obama administration has started to support climate change by cleaning coal-fired power plants, but it is not enough to prevent global warming. These children are worried because they are watching the changes take place right in front of them. Droughts, hurricanes, and floods are all affecting them. It is hurting them more because if nothing is done, they lose the land that has been in their family for generations and will watch the organisms that live there disappear.

According to the article, the government knows that the burning of fossil fuels and chopping down rainforests is increasing the amount of CO2 in the environment and is making the Earth hotter, which is contributing to global warming. With the help of a NASA Scientist, the children have taken their complaint to court. They have started by trying to do something about the fossil fuels that are extracted in the United States because they are more dangerous than people realize.

Another issue is that the Constitution talks about the rights given to U.S. citizens, but does not mention anything about the environment, which is why this battle is much harder for students. Also, the lawyers that are fighting this case seem to care more about their business and their money according to one of the children taking part.

I believe that one way to start getting the government on-board with taking action towards climate change would be to take action ourselves. Taking action towards something that we care about can show people that there are little changes that they can do to help our environment. Also, I believe that the right lawyers and companies need to get involved. For example, that may mean reaching out to professors here at Mason, or other universities and even professionals. I believe that if we come up with a plan and receive feedback, we can take it to court and show them the concrete evidence and that this is not about the money, it is about the environment and something needs to be done. Lastly, I think that if we can find a way to reach them on a personal level, it could make them realize that action needs to be taken because the climate change is affecting us all.

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One comment

  1. rogerwleblanc · March 28, 2016

    Meghana, great post. With the urgency of climate change I am always encouraged when citizens get together to demand government action on climate change. Have you heard of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign – they have made huge strides for green power. Worth checking out. – Roger

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