Simone Quary | Staff Writer
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“Global warming” and “climate change” are terms everyone has heard before. However, the prevalence of social media within modern society has made these terms appear on a daily basis.
Hampton University sophomore Kayla Cole has begun to notice climate change within the environment.
“I noticed the climate is changing drastically due to the number of tropical storms that we have had in recent years,” Cole said.
By now, there is scientific evidence that human activity aids in the destruction of our planet.
At the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, three days after the climate change protests, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate change activist, summarized it best: “The human race is in the beginning of a mass extinction, yet those in power chose to ignore it to fulfill the illusion of eternal wealth and economic growth.”
Millions of young people across the United States and in 120 countries Sept. 20 protested for swift political action on addressing climate change. New York City public schools even excused absences for students planning to attend the climate change strikes.
The climate change protests in New York City also allowed for young people and nonprofit organizations to voice their concerns on domestic issues pertaining to the destruction of the environment. Some key issues raised were the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions and extraction of fossil fuels.
Climate change protesters call on the current administration as well as candidates for the 2020 Democratic party to propose and enact legislation for clean, renewable energy. In discussing the recent climate change protests throughout the world, HU student Ross Watkins, a journalism and communications major, has nothing but encouragement for those willing to act.
“I am very pleased that the movement consists mostly of young people because it means that the younger generation is realizing how important the upkeep of the environment is,” Watkins said.
In addition to addressing domestic issues, climate change protests acknowledged how indigenous peoples and low-income families are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
In August, the widespread burning of the vast Amazon rainforest surfaced on the internet. The destruction occurred even though scientific evidence from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute indicating that the moisture levels in the Amazon were above average.
As a result of the fires, natural habitats and the lives of many indigenous people were destroyed.