Sept. 20, 2019 marked an important day for environmental activists; Climate Change Day in which protests took place all around to world to demand action be taken to combat climate change. Teenagers and the youth among those taking a stand over the growing concern for their planet, seeking to preserve it for the youngest and future generations to come.
Greta Thurnberg is an example of a youth climate activist. She is a sixteen year old girl from Sweden who is an active member and protester for gaining awareness for Global Climate Change. She has recently gained media attention for her speech at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in which she criticized politicians for not fighting hard enough against climate change which took place Sept. 21-23 in New York City.
Protests demanding government action have occurred around the world as concern for the impacts of global climate change continue to grow. Climate Change activists seek to limit the amount of fossil emissions and implement clean, renewable sources of energy. Mt. Hebron’s Environmental Club is a local example of teens taking a stand to combat global climate change
Veronica Kim is a senior at Mt. Hebron who recently joined the Environmental Club and is a former student of the AP Environmental Science course.
“I think it was a good way for people to show support for this issue, but I know some students walked out just to miss class,” Kim said.
Crediting Environmental Club leaders Olivia Minnich and Lara Szabo-anicz for the idea, Kim brought up the “Lights Out” plan where classroom lights can be shut off when not in use to reduce environmental effects.
Along with the “Lights Out” initiative, Mt. Hebron’s Environmental Club schedules cleanups and works to make the school and community environmentally friendly.
Kim explained how taking AP Environmental Science opened up her eyes to the importance of taking care of the environment. Reacting to those who do not believe in the negative effects of Climate Change, Kim said, “it is a problem.”
Kim additionally mentioned that she believes those that do not believe in the detrimental effects of climate change are not properly educated on the topic.
Mt. Hebron’s Environmental Club used Climate Change Day as a way to advertise the importance of the planets environmental well being. The consequences of Global Climate Change includes extreme weather patterns, intense heat, rising sea levels, among others. Many consider raising awareness for the planet a key issue of this time.
Mt. Hebron’s Environmental Club is striving to make a difference through raising awareness and creating an eco-conscious community.