My name is Terezie Cizkova, and I am a 17 year old girl from Czech Republic. I want to share with you my story about why I think we need to put a price on carbon, and why I think we need to care about climate change.
My story started roughly one year ago, when I first heard about climate change, thanks to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. I have been a part of this extraordinary organization for a year and four months. I remember watching the Paris Agreement online, I was very confused but also very interested at once in knowing more about this issue. I was learning every single day, and every new day brought me something new into my mind. I live in a country that doesn’t really have any huge effects of climate change, but that doesn't mean that it doesn’t exist. It's real. Climate change is not a thing that’s used in our daily conversations. What we truly need to do is empower and educate each other about what is happening globally, but we need to act locally. No matter where we live, climate change will impact the whole world if we will don't act.
I heard about carbon pricing from the very first story Nikki Reed posted on her social media account. Putting a price on carbon? “What does that mean?” I asked myself. How we can achieve that? It's also happening in Europe? I searched for answers. I discovered a lot of European countries such as Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland and more are very well known for their work in clean energy. This is what we need to do all over the world, but if we want to truly leave the fossil fuel industry behind us for good, we must put a price on carbon.
Polluters are sending too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and the biggest problem is that our planet has to pay for the damage that the fossil fuel industry created. But why is this dirty energy the most cheap and affordable kind of power? Why are people so afraid to accept the truth that the human race is the main reason of why is climate change happening? How we can make fossil fuels unaffordable? Putting a price on carbon is a very viable answer to those questions. If we increase the cost of fossil fuels, we level the playing field for renewable energy.
Okay, let's be honest - we all have some carbon footprint, I have a carbon footprint. We all are contributing in some way to the changes in our climate by sending more and more pollution into the air. If we stop for a moment and think about our own actions: Do I really want to damage the climate and whole planet? All the actions that we are doing every single day - driving by a car to our work or school, flying by plane, building all the new buildings in our country, lighting our lights, fracking and polluting our water - all these things will be damaging our planet more and more, until we will don't switch to the another form of energy - clean energy. Our planet can't pay for our mistakes and for our comfort anymore. The polluters needs to pay for it. And this is what the carbon pricing campaign is about.