"All the challenges that face our country, such as health care, immigration, inequality, are meaningless if we don’t have a planet to live on. It’s time for our very survival to stop being a political game. Over 97% of peer reviewed climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to climate change. This is our home and we need to treat it like one.” - Lorie Burch
Climate change will have a huge impact not only on our country but on the entire global community that we all participate in and depend on. Our first step needs to be recognizing that confronting this problem is not only about saving the planet, but saving the future of the human race. Rising temperatures and sea levels will eventually cause serious harm to our food and water sources and create up to 150 million climate refugees in the coming decades, as our beautiful landscape shifts beneath us. Some of these refugees would undoubtedly be U.S. citizens, as their homes become affected in places like Louisiana, Florida, Alaska, and even Texas.
Over 97% of published peer-reviewed scientific literature agrees that humans have contributed to climate change – it is no longer a matter of belief. I strongly support working alongside other nations in implementing sustainable, long-term plans to reduce the output of greenhouse gases in the near future by investing in innovative new technologies that will eventually move us away from reliance on fossil fuels. America has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership on this issue, and we shouldn’t waste any more time sitting on the sidelines. The fate of future generations hangs in the balance, and we cannot afford to sell that future in favor of yesterday’s interests.