Change Climate Change and Give Us, The Youth, A Future

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Students gather outside Parliament during the Climate Change protest against governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming on March 15, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (Photo by Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

By Danai Pachedu

As a young person, I believe that all the negotiations regarding climate change should include those who will be most affected by climate change. We have the biggest incentive to stop climate change: that is our need to have a future, to preserve the human race.

The real effects of climate change will never affect elderly political leaders in a significant enough way for them to think they need to prioritize the crisis. I, on the other hand, dream of going to one of the Ivy League universities in the US, I want to work as a top journalist in one of the bigger international houses, I want to buy a mansion in Manhattan and I want to have children and leave a legacy for my children and their children.

It is us, the youth of today, who have a lot to lose because of climate change: we are the future human race. As I write this article, the lungs of the Earth are on fire. The Amazon rainforest is one of the biggest producers of oxygen in the world and if we were to lose the rainforest it would result in the effects of global warming becoming almost immediate. That means that in less than 50 years, life as we know it will cease to exist.

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