As I have said and written many times, children understand that our climate is warming and the carbon dioxide our cars, power plants, planes and on and on emit are a key cause. Youth are not buried under politics or self-serving bias to protect their job or an industry. Their eyes are clear and their hearts and minds are in the right place when it comes to wanting to fix what’s broken. Kids, as I’ve said, ‘get it’, and that’s true all over the world.
As just the most recent example I’ve seen, consider the letter from 14 year old Jason that arrived in this week’s mail. Jason is a 9th grader and goes to school at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. A civics class project led him to somehow find my work and to write an awfully nice letter to me. But his sentiments about me aside, the reason that leads me to share his letter is his concern and understanding about our global climate crisis.
At just 14.
In the letter he wrote…
Climate change and global warming are very large issues that the earth is facing right now because if the temperature around the world continues to rise at a similar rate as it is now not long from now there will be large impacts to the world’s populations of humans and other species.
I could not have said it better, Jason, so thank you for your letter and kind comments but it is you, and people like you all over my community, country and our planet that inspire me to try to make a difference.
Jason ended his letter by saying this: I am excited in a way to see what action you take next and how you can further impact the world in a positive way. Well, Jason, I am also excited to see what you do in your community and I hope you will keep me posted. Something tells me that you are destined to do great things, to be the ‘greatest’ and I am certain that together you and I and the world’s youth can fix what’s wrong and solve our global climate crisis.