Climate Change and its Impacts on Younger Generations


Chart showing rate of climate condition caused by human influence since 1850.

Climate change today has been the worst it has ever been and continues to devastate homes, cities, and infrastructure. 

As of 2021, The United States alone has dealt with heatwaves, floodings, droughts, snowstorms, extreme thunderstorms, and hurricanes. Although these events are natural, human interference has increased the severity and occurrence of these . 

During February 10-20, Texas faced severe snowstorms that resulted in a statewide power outage, causing the deaths of over 200 civilians. During August 26-September 4, Hurricane Ida destroyed nearly 400 homes, $584 million in agricultural damages, and took the lives of 115 civilians. States impacted the hardest during hurricane Ida were Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Throughout the summer of 2021, states like Florida, California, and Georgia had been hit with a massive heat wave, with temperatures rising over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

World leaders are preparing to attend the COP26 meeting, starting on October 31st, to discuss how to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to stabilize rising temperatures. 

“It’s sad to see that nothing is being done, everything is really small scale if it actually is doing something. No big changes from the government or adults, to actually care about our climate.” Says Parkview Sophomore Anhaz Shakur. 

“I don’t believe it’s too late, I mean we are on the rise of more eco-friendly essentials.” Anhaz added.

Many young adults and teens feel optimistic yet disappointed in how world leaders are handling this global conflict, just like Anhaz. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that states, “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, oceans and land.”

The IPCC report comes very close to the COP26 meeting in late October, which gives political leaders more pressure on handling climate change.

However, all hope is not lost. We can continue to cut down carbon emissions individually by using less gas-fueled vehicles, students and young adults could contact their mayors, and state representatives and senators can pass legislation that could ease the conflict and to improve infrastructure to better handle extreme weather conditions.

Stabilizing climate change is a global effort.  Through pushing legislation, pressuring leaders, and individual conformity, we can create a safer climate for future generations.