- Marching Since: October 12, 2005
We have already begun to see the effects of unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the earth’s atmosphere:>
the melting of polar ice caps and large glaciers, rising sea levels, the alteration of seasonal weather patterns, the fact that the hottest years on record have all occurred in the past fifteen years. These are all signs of an imbalance in the world and a warning sign of things to come. Global warming is not merely a political issue; it poses a real threat to the future of our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, our nation, and our world.
As informed and concerned college students, we know that the problem of global warming will not simply disappear. Especially if our society continues to consume and emit fossil fuels at the current rate, the problem will only grow, with grave repercussions such as higher global average temperatures, larger and more dangerous weather disturbances, flooding of our coasts, widespread crop failure, and a lack of fresh water sources. The looming threat of global warming is a call to action for our generation. We march because if we do nothing today, we will be left with the mess tomorrow.
The scientific evidence is mounting. Even the Pentagon warns of the global chaos which might ensue if global climate change continues.
Yet instead of taking the necessary actions to address global warming, those in power in Congress and the White House continue to debate and put-off the issue. They may prolong the inevitable through fighting wars over resources, through desecrating some of the world’s last pristine natural places, and through federal subsidies, but they jeopardize our future in the process. We cannot wait until the well runs dry to act. We are participating in the Virtual March on Washington to encourage politicians to truly represent the best interests of our country and our world. The time has come to make cleaner and more efficient sources of energy a national priority. For us and for future generations, anything less is unacceptable.
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