You, the young, are the hope of the world.
You can do so much more than we, the old. You will face so much more danger than we will. We were warned, decades ago, but we haven’t done enough, and today we are the biggest obstacle to making things better. You, the young, will pay a heavy price for the faults of us, the old.
Although I’ve been trying to change things, my feeble efforts have had limited success. But there’s one group of people who inspire me with so much hope it makes me optimistic. You. The young.
I’m not too old to help. I think what I can do best is share with you my knowledge of some of the science. That’s why I’m launching this effort. ClimateYES means Youth Education in Science.
I’ll post about the science, sometimes the basics, sometimes more complicated things, about the causes and the effects. I’ll talk about what we know and what we don’t know. I’ll talk about where we are, where we’re headed, and how we can change the path we’re on.
I won’t over-simplify to make things easier. I won’t over-complicate to make things harder. I’ll keep it real.
Make no mistake about it, science can sometimes be hard. Some of the things that will help you are complex. It’s work. Hard work. Believe in yourself, in your intelligence, in your ability, because you can do this. I won’t give “homework assignments” or a “pop quiz” — but you will be tested. Not by me, by the future.
This isn’t about how you get your own group organized, or how you get through to elected officials, or how you make your own lifestyle climate-friendly. I may mention them from time to time, but I don’t have the knowledge to answer those questions. I can help you learn more about the science.
The more you know, the more you can do. The more you can separate the scientific truth from the climate denial that the fossil fuel industry and politicians use to paralyze people. The more you can persuade your friends, your family, your neighbors, to help. When you talk, show ’em that you have so much knowledge, such deep knowledge, so much genuine expertise, they’ll be impressed. They’ll be flabbergasted — by how knowledgeable you are.
You can do even more with knowledge. You are the scientists and engineers of the future, the near future. You are the elected politicians of the future. You are the homeowners, the workforce, even the parents of the future. You are the voters of the very near future.
The world may seem beyond your control, too entrenched in the ways of the old, you might think you have too little impact to make change. The challenge may seem daunting, too much to handle. Don’t underestimate yourselves.
You have the power. Seize it. Use it wisely.