I am a part of this generation, having been born at Stanford Hospital in 2001 and lived my entire life in Menlo Park.
I have grown up passionate and with a desire to make an impact. By joining grassroots organizations, studying sustainability in college and living my life conscious of the environment, I do as much as possible. However, given that my generation is at the mercy of previous generations' stranglehold on financial and political capital, activism will only get us so far.
In 2021, people born after 1981 owned only 6.6% of the wealth in the United States. On top of this, only one senator and 39 representatives of the 117th Congress were born after 1981, a mere 7%. About 50% of the US population is under 40 or born after 1981. There is a severe lack of representation for the group of people most active about climate change, and there is far too little time for us to wait for "the great wealth transfer." It is up to older generations to pave a path that will allow future generations to thrive.
I ask that those outside of the Climate Generation please invest in youth-led grassroots environmental organizations and voice your support for innovative policies for building decarbonization, renewable energy and multimodal transportation infrastructure. If you are a politician, please also consider adopting these smart policies or pave a way for younger generations to gain more representation in politics.
Currently I am faced with reading reports of a future where coral reefs will decline by 99%, and the number of heat waves per year are expected to increase by four to eight times. I want a future I can look forward to. Right now, that future is in your hands!
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