Youngsters. Youth. Young adults, teens, tweens, even younger. My generation will suffer too, but as bad as it gets for us it’ll be far worse for them. And they’ll suffer the consequences longer than we will.
But they’re not going to go down without a fight. A youth group recently filed a petition in Maine to force the Department of Environmental Protection to protect the environment. Because they garnered enough signatures from registered voters, they forced a hearing on the topic and public comments are now part of the public record. I listened to it all, including farmers who complain that changes to the water cycle make rain unpredictable and farming harder, and fishermen who are witnessing firsthand the decay of our seafood industry.
But it was the testimony of the kids that was heart-rending. They’re concerned. They’re worried. They’re scared. Not without reason.
There’s another group of kids who are organizing a march on Washington D.C.
I urge everyone to help them, in every way possible. We need to kick the politicians who care more about campaign contributions than about protecting our future. Those kids are our future.
Chief Seattle said that we don’t inherit the earth from our fathers, we borrow it from our children. If ever there was a reason to act, it’s now.