Climate change requires lifestyle changes
The world has heard it on the radio and on television: “Pollution is killing our planet.” People have seen posters throughout the halls that demand they recycle before it is too late. Talks around the dinner table have led to debates about if the words are true or not: climate change.
For many, climate change does not mean anything. Many are not educated on the fact that the climate truly is changing, and not for the better.
Riverside High School senior Angel Akinleye, a high school student leader for Earth Charter Indiana said, “Climate change is the climate changing in a negative way, and it is impacted by human beings. We are the ones who contributed to climate change.”
Earth Charter Indiana executive director Jim Poyser said that the Earth Charter principles were established in the late 1990s by people from dozens of countries that realized the planet was having a climate crisis.
“So, 20 years ago, they said, ‘Look, we have a climate crisis. How are we going to solve it? Well, we can’t really solve it unless we address the issue of poverty. And we can’t really solve it unless we address the issue of racism, and we can’t really solve it unless we have democratic institutions that are transparent in how they operate,’” said Poyser.
Poyser said that the climate typically changes in increments of 30 years or more, and if someone has lived in one spot for 30 years, as he has, they can see the changes occurring themselves.
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