Climate Kids Perspective: Youth in the Face of Climate Change

The Original Climate Kid, Amira Azoulay, provides her perspective on the climate crisis and how she sees it impacting her generation and the world. Check out this compelling call to action piece from a passionate youth in our community.



This is a guest post by Amira Azoulay, original Climate Kid, Southern California resident, student at Pacific Beach Middle School, young author and future researcher. More about Amira at trokulismydaemon.wixsite.com/mysite . Follow her on Wattpad for additional short stories! (@Californienne101).

 

Climate change is widely referred to as the biggest problem of our lifetimes. A brief glance at history allows us to observe that less than seventy years ago, most people did not even know what climate change was, and some to this day still don't believe that we are destroying our planet. But it is true: there are hundreds of studies from which we can conclude that the human species is causing the collapse of entire ecosystems. We are already beginning to feel the consequences of climate change as global temperatures rise and extreme weather events increase.


Nowadays, everyone hears scientists and leaders on the news, explaining what climate change is and what we can do to avoid the worst-case scenarios. But looking away from the adult leaders, what about the new generation? What about the children that are growing up with the knowledge that entire species are disappearing? That our coral reefs are being bleached? That our forests are being cut down, all in the name of profit? What do they think? How will this impact these children, when they hear news of large fires spreading not too far from them, when they see images of destroyed homes after extreme weather events, and have the knowledge that this is all our own doing?


We began the industrial revolution. We spew countless amounts of fossil fuels in the atmosphere. We cut down forests and burn them for profit. We destroy ecosystems, ending the lives of millions of animals, whose only missteps are to be in our way. Yet some of us still argue that no, nothing is wrong with the planet, that we’re faking all this evidence for our own notorious purposes.


It is incredibly disheartening to have these thoughts in your head. I know that I have had them, for years on end, and the only thing that’s been giving me hope is that I’m not alone in this fight.


There are thousands of other children and teenagers that feel the same way as me, alone, manipulated, as if our predecessors handed us a balloon with a hole in it that’s slowly leaking air, then scampered off and yelled, “Good luck!” over their shoulders. I feel betrayed. I feel angry. I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.


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