In our latest #CoolerPlanet post, Michaela Lo, a young climate activist from London, writes to world leaders meeting in Paris, calling on them to work with young people to tackle climate change.
We can all agree that action in preventing the 2oC rise needs to start now. Not tomorrow. Today. We, the generation of the youth, cannot afford to have another empty agreement, as it will be us who will feel the impact.
It is your decisions, as well as our generation’s actions, that will determine the lives of our people and planet in 2050 and beyond.
How do you envision the next 50 years? I think each and everyone one of us wants to picture a future that has a stable environment, a sustainable source of energy that can fuel economic development, and a secure source of food that guarantees there will be a meal at the table in every household.
However in reality, we might foresee a ‘vanishing generation;’ small islands and homes disappearing below the sea, forests collapsing to the ground, and the crops that we depend on for food wilting away. Global economies will be run dry due to the depletion of finite fossil fuels. I am very sure that you are all aware of the consequences, which is why we are pushing for you to make the right decision, right now.
I believe wholeheartedly that the former can happen. Why? Well, we already have the technological solutions, and the contribution from fresh innovative minds means that this technology is still evolving. On top of this, we have seen an incredible response from people, especially youth, all over the world, coming together to show their commitment to tackling climate change, and expressing how important it is for them to create a better future for the world.
We, young people, will be painting the world in 2050. It is our generation that will carry the burden from the decisions made at Paris. However, we recognise that actions against climate change cannot be carried out by us alone. Therefore, it is fundamental that the youth of today work with you, the current policy makers of today. Together, we can strive for the 2oC goal at the climate change agreement in Paris, and ensure that will not see a vanishing generation, but instead one that protects and sustains.
Michaela Lo, 21, from London