An Open Letter to Fellow Juveniles: We Need to Send 1000 Letters to the President NOW
By Cameron Fox, 12, Oregon
I am very concerned about the future of this planet and all of its inhabitants, from the common sparrow to the stinging bee. All will be affected by climate change. A third of all the inhabitants will die, yet it is so easy to control our pollution.
I first learned about climate change about 7 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina. The force of the hurricane was a shock to everyone and a family friend wanted to see what caused it. He eventually learned about climate change and told my mother, who told me.
Since then, I have been trying to do most in my power to stop it, from letters to the editor to this story. But unfortunately, I am just a teardrop in an ocean. We need other youth to act up against it, and eventually all the actions will build up and create change. But we still need to convince President Obama because right now he is probably the most important figure to stopping climate change in this world (besides China's leaders).
TO ALL FELLOW JUVENILES,
Our future is at stake. If we do not take action now, Earth will
change in ways no one deserves to live in. Everyone knows about
climate change, but unfortunately a large portion of us continue to
live the unsustainable consumer lifestyle, burning fossil fuels right
and left as if we could keep this up till the end of time. Yet even
with the disaster we face, there is hope. Unfortunately even that is
fading from all the deniers.
If you still fail to see the reality of climate change, then review
some of the freaky weather of the year. In many lakes, the water was
so scalding hot that fish died and clogged dams because of it. Heat
waves swept across the nation hand in hand with unbelievable fires
almost impossible to put out. This summer, Earth and Hell traded
places. Soon it will be a permanent fixation if we do not do our part
here in America.
The U.S. is currently one of the most influential countries in the
world. If we start by taking action, in the states, others will soon
follow suit. That is the way of the people. Protests and marches do
rile humans up to some extent, but do not create an everlasting
effect. Books and letters may provoke change, but only if there is an
affluent amount on similar subjects. They also must be concise, well
written and to the point. Say that a thousand or more such letters
were sent to Obama, all on the subject of global warming, all from
youth; and then perhaps he may take action and stop approving arctic
drilling, fracking, and coal mining right and left. Rather, we need
him to continue channeling money towards solar projects, wind farms
and other sustainable energy sources.
We, the youth of the nation cannot vote for protective bills towards
environmental assets, but we can write. If you want to help in saving
this planet from the worst threat since humans, do your part and send
a letter to Obama. Submit it here so a group of youth will give it
to the President. Tell it to your friends, family, close
acquaintances, anybody you want to. Tell your teachers too so they may be able to make an assignment out of it. We may still have hope in
preventing our world from becoming one of H.G. Well’s proportions.
In science fiction novels such as 1984, Brave New World and
Fahrenheit 451, it is either a dystopia from the ignorance of people,
or the powerful and mercilessness cruelness of the government.
Bradbury, Orwell and Huxley could have never dreamed of global warming because it is so unbelievable. Now it is here and soon we will be living in a sci-fi novel more painful and worrying than anything H.G.
Wells could cook up. Yet there is still some opportunity left. We the
People need to take action in as many ways as we can. Sending a letter would only be a step, but for now let us focus on that and send one thousand to Obama.
Cam Fox, 12
Call for 1000 Letters to the President
We will deliver 1000 letters from youth to the President in April 2013. Get your class to write letters. Tell him what you think he needs to do to protect your future from climate change.
First person to get a response from President Obama wins a trip to DC to help deliver the letters in person!