I think there are a few ways in which I, in my own life and choices, can effect the issue of climate change. I think the first step is to try to reduce my carbon footprint by try to walk and take public transportation whenever I can and by also recycling and composting whenever I can. These are the first small steps I can take. I think the next thing I can do is help build the social movement around climate change. As stated in the global challenges discuss, in order for politicians to take this issue seriously we must show that we are concerned about this issue and willing to make changes and that climate change is at the forefront of our thoughts and concerns. This can be done by protesting and signing petitions. This can also be done by contacting my senator or house representative’s office and expressing my concern about climate change and organizing others to do so as well.
I think another thing that is really important and that was also stated during Global challenges is that we cannot be complacent about this issue. If we care about it we have to talk about it and fight for reform. This again can be done through protesting or presenting concerns to a politician in senate or congress, and even at the local level. Another important topic that was touched on is that in this era, action at the local level is going to become increasingly important. Therefore we must appeal to our local governors about passing climate regulation.
Another way that I could get involved is by protesting and petitioning big companies to become more eco friendly. Even though I myself could become more eco friendly, it is much more effective if big companies try to reduce their carbon footprint. Again, by expressing concerns to local and federal politicians there can be regulations passed that restrict companies from producing as much of a carbon foot print, but another way we can go after the companies is by addressing them directly.
These are the actions that I can take now as a college student. It mostly involves me being very conscious of my own carbon footprint and trying to reduce it, and ensuring that my concerns about climate change are heard, but in the future I hope to be able to do more. I hope to go on to be a lawyer, and later a politician. I think in both these fields I can enact movement towards preservation of our climate. I hope as well that when I am in these positions I can bring these issues to a more global focus by digging into international relationships. I think that agreements such as the Paris agreement are great steps to making a unified global effort to preserve our nation. But hopefully we will progress to more restrictions and cleaner energy sources in the future and I hope to help facilitate those agreements and transitions.