From 1970 to 2014, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have increased by 90% (EPA, 2019). CO2, which is produced through the burning of fossil fuels, is the largest greenhouse gas emitted into the air from a global standpoint. Due to this, the earth is trapping too much of these gases into the air, which is raising the global temperature, resulting in extreme weather events (EPA, 2019).
Extreme weather events that result from a changing climate, such as hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and flooding endanger human life and property. The effects of this extreme weather are often felt most acutely by front line communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children, and the elderly. Due to these disproportionate impacts, these communities must be at the forefront of future climate policy.
As students prepare to enter the workforce, these rising temperatures have devastating impacts on a multitude of industries. This raises the need for an energy transition with a focus on creating green jobs in the process.
It is vital that officials come to an agreement to further action to combat climate change.
Students and young people are vocalizing their concerns in recent years and are pushing for change in policy and action surrounding climate change, as it is crucial in providing a safe and healthy future for their generation and generations to follow. ASA is harnessing student power behind the emerging climate justice movement through advocacy, support of pro-environmental candidates, and campaigns.
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