This message is about climate change. Last week I talked with a very nice young man named Elijah at a filling station in Eastern Oregon. I told him I had just decided to cancel a car trip to Southern California because of all the fire and smoke and power outages. “It’s scary,” Elijah said. “Yes, it’s scary,” I replied. “I want to raise children,” he continued. Then I knew we were talking about climate change. “I think the awareness level on climate change is starting to grow,” I said. Joe, as you know, there are young people everywhere voicing this concern. Intergovernmental panels established under the United Nations have been issuing relevant reports for several years now; they are available online. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States coming up in April 2020, I would be so grateful to see college groups, high school groups, grade school groups, young people’s religion-based groups and parents of friends of these young people all over the country rise loudly together to demand all concrete measures possible to assure a sound, healthy planet for the generations to follow us. I don’t want to take away from what young people like the Parkland School group and their supporters are doing for their issue. But if you can spot opportunities to encourage young people and all of us to speak up politically and to take personal actions. I hope you will do so.
(From Tillamook coastal Oregan)
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