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Leyana Dessauer: Why I Support a Price on Carbon

By Put A Price On It

By Leyana Dessauer, #PutAPriceOnIt Fellow


Young people today are growing up with the knowledge that climate change makes our future uncertain. The pollution created mainly by industrialized countries such as the U.S. is already affecting the whole world, and the harm is strongest in counties that didn’t even contribute much carbon to our atmosphere.

My personal involvement in climate justice began as a kid with my mom’s Earth Day celebrations, but I really started organizing in high school with the grassroots push for a ban on hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as ‘hydrofracking’). Hydrofracking involves drilling for natural gas in shale deposits by using high volumes of water laced with chemicals and sand. New Yorkers had already heard horror stories from states like Pennsylvania, where hydrofracking had contaminated water and air and caused illness.

After years of protesting, lobbying and writing, NY passed a ban. I believe our effort was vital, but the moment was also right – it turned out that companies had been overselling their estimated profits. I’m excited to be a part of the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign for carbon pricing because I think this moment is also right, and taxing carbon will finally hold polluting companies accountable for the damage they cause.

This post was originally shared by YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY correspondent Nikki Reed. See the original here.