Time for climate-change action

To the editor,

How will you remember the student climate strikes last month? What will you hold in your memory? You have a choice!

I hold the inspiration and hope of thousands of young citizens worldwide expressing themselves by walking out of school and demanding a future livable planet. They remind humanity of the responsibility to take care of our only home planet for their future, and the future of all living beings threatened by a climate crisis and the sixth extinction.

These young citizens know their elders aren’t acting responsibly and don’t have as much at stake in the future as they do. Today youth are concerned about a planetary, climatic holocaust. I hope students walking out of school expressing concern for their future and the planet’s will have impact on elders not paying attention. They follow in the footsteps of 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who spoke to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, saying, “if you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.” When will we listen?

I am moved and inspired by the youth climate actions “Fridays for Future” (www.fridaysforfuture.org) and “Our Children’s Trust” (www.ourchildrenstrust.org). I invite concerned people to learn about Citizens’ Climate Lobby (citizensclimatelobby.org ) to take positive, respectful action to provide a livable planet for the future of our descendants. Find your local chapter under the “Take Action” tab. As 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said, “The one thing we need more than hope is action.”

– Andrew Zeiler, Durango