Nicholas Slobin/ Courier Protesters participate in the Global Climate Strike in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, September 20, 2019.

For as long as humankind has been around on this earth, we have done nothing but damage to it. We claim we are the smartest species on this planet but it does not seem that way. Our earth is dying, yet many still do not believe that climate change is real.The conditions of our air, water and land are changing drastically each day and action must be taken before it is too late. We can still turn things around, together.

The United Nations Climate Action Summit held a meeting to address the issue of climate change on Sept. 23, with leaders, governments and business people from around the world. The main purpose of the meeting was to propose an action plan to slowly put a stop to climate change.

According to the United Nations Climate Action Summit’s website, “The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.”

Many of the protests going on around the world have impacted others on the issue. The rage seen in the protestors is the rage we need to be seeing from government officials.

Our youth has become more involved with the issue, too. Recently, public schools in New York allowed their students on Friday to leave school with parental consent to attend the Climate Strike.

NYC Public Schools stated in a thread on Twitter, “We applaud our students when they raise their voices in a safe and respectful manner on issues that matter to them. Young people around the world are joining the #ClimateStrike this week—showing that student action will lead us forward.”

Protesting is the only way the people’s voices can be heard. It is the only way they will see and feel threatened by the people demanding a change. It is nothing new — it has been done before and it will continue to be done — because action is never taken by the politicians.

As young as 16 years old, Greta Thunberg has left an impact on many world leaders as well as regular citizens around the world. She is representing her generation, the ones who will suffer the most consequences with climate change. She has inspired many of her age to start a revolution, making their voices be heard from across the world.

“You are failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The lives of all future generations are upon you, and if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you,” Greta exclaimed during the meeting.

Greta’s anger and passion was felt immensely. It is clear why some politicians might feel uneasy and almost threatened by her, the power she holds in the future is clear.

“We will not let you get away with this. 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,” she continued.

This is their future, and the adults in charge of the world still see no issue in climate change. Seeing the children of the world do something about the issue, even if it is not much, can impact anyone.

It’s never too late to start a change. If we’re so good at destroying together, we can rebuild together. We cannot do this alone, the people need the help of the government urgently. There’s only so much a person can do just using a metal straw instead of a plastic one.

The proof is all around us. Animals are suffering, we are suffering, everything around us is suffering. Sooner or later this won’t be a place where our future generations can grow up healthy and strong. Change needs to happen now, politicians around the world need to realize that climate change is indeed a real issue and not some hoax.

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