On Friday, Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m., you will find me and my children on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring, joining millions of youth and adults around the world who will be striking to demand action on climate change.
To quote Kumi Naidoo, the secretary general of Amnesty International: “The climate emergency is the defining human rights issue of this generation of children. Its consequences will shape their lives in almost every way imaginable.”
It’s a rare day when I don’t think about climate change and how it will impact my children’s future. It’s always lurking in the back of my mind. Some parents don’t have the luxury of worrying about future climate destabilization. There are children all over the world right now suffering the impacts, physically and emotionally, of disasters like Hurricane Dorian that hit the Bahamas, or forest fires or mud slides.
Which is why I refuse to sit on the sidelines.
We’ve read the headlines about dire reports and the risks to our future for too long. We can’t spend another 10 years talking about climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established in 1988, six years after I was born. We’ve been talking about this a long, long time.
Now, we have to act. We can start by demanding a price on carbon pollution and passing the Green New Deal that would immediately halt new fossil fuel projects and transition our economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.
I will be taking my children out of school Sept. 20 because we are fighting for a just and livable world for everyone.
Krystal Ford, Garrison
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