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Climate change is the true crisis of every generation

Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. – (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

I know people have different views on what the biggest problem facing the world is. Some might say it’s the refugee crisis or the opioid epidemic. While these are very troubling problems for our society, there is one true problem that we have yet to fully embrace; climate change.

I think climate change is slowly shortening the earth’s life year by year, but some people like the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, don’t see it as an importance. For example since Jair has come into power, he has lessened regulations in Brazil on the protection of forested ares like the Amazon. Also Trump has removed the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Climate Agreement for those of who don’t know, is a pact within the United Nations to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.

Leaders from around the world coming together to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. , –
(Photo by the World Economic Forum on December 29, 2015)

It is clear that some of our leaders of the world don’t see climate change as a danger to our society. This is also apparent to some of our society based on how old they are. According to Gallup, 56% of Americans 55 or older worry a fair/great amount about climate change compared to 70% of Americans 18-34. I think the older generations don’t care as much because they think that any drastic things will happen to Earth after they die.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you ….”

Greta Thunberg, teen social activist

The older generations shouldn’t have this outlook because then they are leaving many environmental problems for their children and grandchildren to handle. We have to be environmentally better across all generations. We have to do better for our future children so they can live in a world where they don’t have to worry about walking outside and breath clean air. Just like activist Greta Thunberg said, “The eyes of all future generations are upon you ….”

Alex Burnett is a senior member of the Multimedia Journalism class and a member of The Quill.