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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