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You are personally invited to consider the following:
By 2100, there is a significant chance that we will experience the severe effects of a heightened climate change. It is predicted that between the years 2020 to 2050, we will undergo the most human “deadly heat stress deaths” in our world. Unfortunately, these repercussions, although eye opening and mind blowing, only scratch the surface of risks to be felt. This information begs the question, why isn’t climate change being taken more seriously by those in power?
Why is taking on the fossil fuel industry so controversial? “For years we have prioritized the pursuit of profit at any and all human and environmental cost,” says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (widely known as AOC), the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14 congressional districts.
Could it be because the issue calls into question the “super operatives ” within our society that, some say, hold dominant control over our economy? At times, it is difficult to gauge whether or not these individuals and conglomerates care for the members of the frontline that are most immediately affected by issues such as climate change. Some of the most vulnerable front-liners include “indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, de-industrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor and low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, those with disabilities, and family farmers and ranchers,” says AOC.
WE MUST ASK OURSELVES, Why would events that could potentially destroy our lives not be, at minimum, taken with some interest and cause all of us to, at the very least, question their reality? Things that many people take for granted, like clean air and water are among the questionable resources that will be affected by climate change should the issue continue to be brushed off by our country’s leaders. These seemingly unreal potentials should provoke us to think. It should cause us, as individuals within the masses, to begin mobilizing and taking necessary actions at a personal level.
Does anyone think it is, at minimal, a worthy potential that should be carefully researched, investigated and closely monitored? Why, if it is something that may potentially affect the entire world, and controversially only calls for serious changes in our lifestyle and the further scientific exploration of our earth’s ecosystem globally, does there exist such ignorance amongst those that will be most affected?
“I humbly ask my colleagues and my country to question our priorities for once, because our priorities have led to an unprecedented amount of income inequality to millions of people living in poverty and many more that feel unstable in their economic life. So, please as a moral economic and political prerogative I humbly ask our country to care for our planet,” says AOC.
The Hill. (2020, February 26) AOC Reads Entire Green New Deal Resolution Into Congressional Record. US House of Representatives. YouTube. Retrievable link: https://youtu.be/Y_Fma_esNe4