By Jeremy Clark, climate activist and co-creator of the Two Green Leaves blog
I’m Jeremy Clark, a seventh-grader and a climate activist. My friend Charlie and I focus on education and climate policy. That’s why we write our own blog about climate change and are proud volunteers with the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign to price carbon pollution.
Have you ever thought about the odds that a planet could provide all the resources humanity needs to survive? I recently read The Martian by Andy Weir. The main character, Mark Watney, is stranded on Mars. Fortunately, Mark is a botanist, and he figures out how to make his own water and grow his own potatoes to survive. When he finally leaves Mars, he has only a few potatoes left. Our world is the best planet the Milky Way has to offer. So we must remind ourselves that there is no Planet B. Earth has no backup.
We see the effects of climate change everywhere. This August, I traveled to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park. There were enormous icebergs in the sky-blue lake, surrounded by a huge rock wall thrusting thousands of feet above the water. But as I sat there, stunned by the lake’s beauty, I remembered that by the year 2030—when I’m 26—all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will have melted. Climate change is happening now, and it’s happening fast. For example, the ten warmest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998. Antarctica has been losing 134 gigatons of ice every year since 2002. We are at a tipping point. Climate change is scary, but not inevitable. There is something we can all do to turn this around. Luckily, it doesn’t involve eating only potatoes.
Right now, the most important thing you can do is VOTE. Younger generations are more likely to understand the effects of climate change. But fewer younger voters vote. That’s why I encourage you to register now and to vote this November for politicians who will fight to reverse climate change. To register to vote or to request an absentee ballot, go to VoteClimateSolution.us. (And if you don’t, I hope you like potatoes.)
This post was originally shared by YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY correspondent Nikki Reed. See the original here.