Teen leads charge against climate change

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

December 4, 2015

After experiencing a disappointing defeat for climate justice, 13-year-old Hallie Turner has decided to keep fighting.

“It’s an issue that I’m always going to continue trying to make a difference in,” said Turner in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “There’s lots of next steps that can be taken.”

On Nov. 25, North Carolina ruled against Turner’s petition, which demanded North Carolina cut emissions by at least 4 percent yearly.

“We’ve created so many of the emissions,” said sophomore Students for Climate Justice Co-President Anna Lichtiger. “At the current trajectory we’re (following) we’re going to increase temperatures by five degrees Celsius by 2100.”

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A thousand youths unite in Washington, DC

Maksym Kosacheveskyy, Staff Writer

November 13, 2015

Although the minimum age for a U.S. House representative is 25, all members of Congress are at least 30. Are young people’s voices being heard in politics?

According to “Our Generation, Our Choice,” they are not. On Nov. 9, youth from across the nation rallied at the “Our Generation, Our Choice” march in Washington D.C.

The demonstration had two goals. The first was to address topics such as climate change, racial justice and immigration reform. The other was to show that young people have opinions that cannot be ignored.

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The cost of global climate change: dollars and natural disasters

June Park, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

$1.2 trillion this year. $369 trillion by the end of the next century.

The price-tag on climate change is enormous.

This May, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration reached a global record of 400 parts per million, the highest it has ever been in history. This summer, Arctic sea ice reached a new record minimum. Yet our modern lifestyles remained largely unchanged.

You would wonder what the environment has to do with economics, yet they are interconnected more deeply than most would expect.

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Address climate change now, or we all pay later

Maksym Kosachevskyy, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Climate change. Global warming. The end of the world. A major transformation has already begun and it’s not going to end without a revolution.

“I think it’s the greatest threat that we have,” said William Mackin, visiting assistant professor of biology. “Because of climate change, it’s like we have thousands of Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs going off every day.”

According to a 2013 study, only 3 percent of voters, aged 18 to 34, do not believe in climate change. It is easy to see why. We get it crammed into our brains during science class, we hear about it on the news and we see the effects of it in movies like “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

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