LETTER: Lawmakers should put planet ahead of business profits
I'm 18, and I just participated in the largest climate protest in history. Now, I'm ready to vote for someone who will protect my future and prioritize planet over profit.
Oregon must take responsibility for our share of the problem and become a leader on climate. The state's large polluters must be responsible for the pollution that jeopardizes my future.
Last year, I realized for the first time climate change was a present-day crisis and not just something to fear in the distant future. I was reading headlines about the hottest months on record, the strongest storms in decades, and the countless wildfires cropping up around the country.
Not long after that, news broke we only had until 2030 to curb our emissions before we hit a point of no return. Since then, headlines have only been more devastating as we learn the earth is warming faster than we previously thought. The cost of doing nothing to prevent climate change is too high.
Meanwhile, my generation bears the responsibility of advocating for a livable future. Youth activists have been striking every Friday to put an end to climate chaos, and now 4 million of us have participated in a protest to show that the planet must be prioritized over profit. Politicians and CEO's alike need to make decisions that will benefit people, not the profits of polluters.
Although we may not be in positions of power, the majority of youth activists will be eligible to vote in 2020. Our vote matters and will be one of the countless ways we will get lawmakers to listen to us.
My representative, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, is part of why the Clean Energy Jobs bill failed to pass. I'm ready to put someone in office who will fight for a livable future.
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