We have met the climate champions, and they are young

Chloe Maxmin began climate activism at the age of 12. She formed a Climate Action Club in high school. Later, as a college student, she co-founded Divest Harvard, to persuade Harvard University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. And she founded First Here, Then Everywhere for youth climate activists.

I am not the hope of thise world. She is.

We, the old, are already suffering from man-made climate change. When the streets of Miami flood on a sunny day, when a heat wave destroys your wheat crop, when heavy rain literally washes your home away, we pay a heavy price. For far too long, we have ignored the warnings from the vast (yes, vast) majority of scientists, especially climate scientists. Now we pay, and we have ourselves to blame.

The young also suffer. Some of them, the very young, are among the most vulnerable. The consequences of man-made climate change are going to get worse, a lot worse. We, the old, won’t live to see the worst. They, the young, will. And it’s not their fault. It’s ours.

Those of us who do what we can to help, have made a difference already. We have helped to show the way. But our efforts have been inadequate, and now the U.S. government that we elected is the biggest obstacle in the world. It’s our fault.

We “adults” need to do more, especially in the voting booth. Make climate the #1 issue, above all others. Do it for yourself, do it for your kids. Do it for everybody’s kids.

There’s one more thing we need to do. Help them, the young, continue and win their struggle. When they really get moving, the power of their passion will be unstoppable. When the youth climate activist movement comes down the road in your town, either help them along, or get out of the way. We can’t stop them. Thank God.

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5 responses to “We have met the climate champions, and they are young

  1. Well-said. Climate change is a justice issue, in that the rich effectively steal from the poor, and the old (as you have pointed out) steal from the young.

    The young are certainly playing their part in 24 Hours of Reality:


    (The netcast is live until 6 PM EST, 12/5/17.)

  2. thanks… cough, cough. wobble, lurch. go get’em kids. You got it now. We’ve tried everything for decades, and decades,..and look where we are now…just barely getting the word out. The big changes starting now. Anything you do to survive is the right thing to do. Go for it.

  3. T- I usually see your posts via RSS. Your RSS feed the last few weeks has had link on bottom saying “see associated file” with cryptic link/file name. I wonder if the RSS feed is corrupted or hacked (fyi).

  4. Ah- I see the file is labeled “gravatar” and might be related to the avatars displayed (but I don’t want to click it)

  5. Forgive me for hijacking the comments on an unrelated post but…

    I don’t know if you have seen this yet, but Albert/Alberto Parker/Boretti & Clifford D. Ollier have published another paper in a similar vein to “Discussion of Foster & Brown’s Time and Tide: Analysis of Sea Level Time Series”. This one is called “Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen?” and is published in the little known Earth Systems and Environment:

    I’m tired of my crazy uncles email me articles from Breitbart titled “”Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise”:
    and would be delighted to send them a well reasoned rebuttal. Sadly that is outside of my capability.

    Perhaps when you have a spare five minutes, you can do the necessary.

    Wishing you all the best with your important endeavours