Climate Change is a Now Problem

By Cindy Rojas

Climate change

Climate change is real, and it is happening. Forget what you’ve heard about climate change being a “future” problem; it is now a problem. As Greta Thunberg said last year, during the United Nations Climate Summit, “right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.” It is up to us to elect a leader who can acknowledge and prioritize this issue.

In 2017, 45 announced the decision to withdraw from the United Nations’ Paris Agreement in demand of “a level playing field for Americans against other nations.” The plan was to negotiate a deal “fair to the United States, its businesses, workers, people, and taxpayers.” In other words, he felt that the agreement placed Americans at a disadvantage. It is 2020, our nation has still not re-entered any agreement since 2017, and the climate is still changing for the worse. How did we end up here, in a regressive position, where individual states are doing more work than the federal government towards climate change? And it’s not only a national problem—it’s a global issue?

In response to the wildfires ravaging California, Oregon, and Washington, 45 said “it’ll start getting cooler, you just watch.” This response is not a response backed with a solution; it is an outright dismissal of the acres, homes, and lives lost.

According to a 2018 report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we have only 20 years left before we hit a point of no return. In the two years since the article was published, we have not made any progress towards addressing climate change since 45 became president.

We have until 2038 to do something. But what does that even mean? What does 2038 look like? In 2038, my youngest cousin will be 20 years old, my little sister will be 41, and where will you be? Where do you want to be?

Let’s make the remaining 18 years count. We must make changes that will protect the health of our families, communities, and planet.