What's at Stake? My Generation's Future

Jeremy is a young climate activist in the 7th grade in Portland, OR. He maintains his blog, Two Green Leaves, runs cross country, plays the drums, and is a volunteer with Our Climate. His favorite subject in school is science. You can hear a recent interview he gave on youth climate action with KINK FM here. 


The world today is filled with significant events, and the news seems to scramble to cover everything. I listen to the news every day, and climate change is sometimes slipped into the daily news as a side topic. That is because climate change is always happening, and it would not be anything new if the news reported that the climate was changing. So with all the news today, climate change seems insignificant. But it is the opposite of that. Climate change will have devastating effects to our planet if the only response to it is inaction. Even today, our planet has seen increases in ocean acidification, collapses of ecosystems, extinction or endangerment of keystone species, droughts, hurricanes, malaria and zicha, sea level rise, wildfires, crop failure, climate refugees, economy collapses, smog, fresh water scarcity, and a seemingly endless amount more. Inaction will only make it worse.

My name is Jeremy Clark. I’m in the 7th grade and I’m 12 years old. Climate change has persisted to drive fear into thoughts of my future since 4th grade when I read a National Geographic magazine about climate change. Since that day, I’ve teamed up with my friend, Charlie Abrams to spread awareness and take action on climate change. We’ve lobbied, testified, spoke at events, written blog posts, and volunteered since then. We’ve also been a part of Our Climate for a few years.

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Right now is a critical time for our campaign in Oregon. We are making a push to put two Senate Bills onto the floor: SB0557 and SB0748. These bills will put an effective cap on carbon dioxide emissions that will only go down. We recognize that passing a bill like this will have the potential to leave economically disadvantaged communities behind, which is why the bills spend the majority of its revenues on economically disadvantaged communities. Even then, workers in the coal and oil industry will struggle. But the logic is clear: if these bills are not passed, we will effectively be putting entire generations like mine under the bus. Passing these bills may be expensive in the short term, but not doing so will cost my generation’s future.


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