After generations of lawmakers, government officials and corporate leaders have all played a role in creating our current climate crisis and done almost nothing to correct it, it’s up now to today’s youth to save our planet.
The impacts of climate change around the world — even in the United States — are already devastating. People are dying every day from the lack of access to clean water and food, and natural disasters like Category 4 or 5 hurricanes and the recent California wildfires have claimed thousands of lives and displaced many more.
It might seem like there isn’t much as teens can do to fight the adverse effects of global warming, especially when public officials continue to ignore or even deny climate change. But Teens have a voice, and you can use it.
The time for teens to take action against climate change is now.
Climate change is real, no matter what some skeptics might say. It’s caused by Earth’s rising surface temperature, which is also referred to as “global warming.”
So What’s Climate Change?
And Is there a difference between Global Warming and Climate Change?
And what can teens do?
Yes, we need our lawmakers and leaders to take action if we’re going to address the long-term effects of climate change, but there are things teens can do to make a difference.
1. Drive Less
We can all find ways to help shrink our individual carbon footprint, and one of the biggest ways is by using our cars less.
So instead of driving or asking for a ride somewhere, you can walk, or ride a bike.
Another way teens can have an impact is by eating less meat and dairy, which can help reduce the meatpacking industry’s carbon emissions.
2. Conserve Water
Access to clean water is starting to become scarce in many places around the world, so doing what we can to save water is important.
Try cutting back on how long you shower, and wash your clothes with cold water to conserve energy.
3. Use LED Bulbs
LED bulbs convert more energy into light than fluorescent and incandescent ones, so switch to LED bulbs to light up your room.
Recycling is a big key in the reduction of global warming. The majority of the things we throw away can be recycled, like plastic bottles, paper, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. Recycling used materials still uses less energy than making brand new materials. Recycling is such a simple task that many people are just simply too lazy to take part in. If we all work together in this effort to reduce global warming, recycling is definitely the easiest thing to do.
5. Stop Buying Synthetic Clothing
6. Bring your own bag to the grocery store
7. Say no to plastic water bottles, straws, and any disposable carry-out tools.
8. Unplug your devices, or any electronic you’re not using.
Whenever possible, unplug your electronics because even when they’re off, or all charged up, they’re consuming energy.
9. Vote Or Protest
If you’re old enough to vote, you should make sure you’re electing candidates who will work to help limit some of the adverse effects of climate change on our planet.
But if you can’t vote yet, raise your voice in protest.
Join a march that’s already happening, or start your own.
The point is that teens should come together to demand the change they want.
Countries and governments around the world must start addressing climate change head–on and realize its severe and drastic impact, or else, in around 30 to 80 years, more than 4 million people will be displaced due to the increasing ocean levels, 5.3 million acres of land are expected to burn, and roughly twice the people killed in World War II will die due to air pollution
Countries must work together and fight climate change.
We need more plans like the Paris Climate Agreement, so countries can hold each other accountable for decreasing their carbon emissions.
It is virtually impossible to eradicate climate change as a whole, but we can limit its harmful effects and decrease its significance, and it starts with teens.
The greatest change that we, as teens, can make is reducing our carbon footprint and speaking out.
Students around the world are protesting the lack of action their governments are taking to reverse the effects of climate change, as we’ve seen with the student-run Global Climate Strike.
It is up to teens and students to influence change in this world, and everyone else should follow their lead.