EDITORIAL: Viva la (climate) revolution

It seems like over the past few years, there are more and more interactive tools online to help people become more involved in conserving the environment.

Just in the last couple of weeks, I’ve heard about plans to connect consumers with eco-friendly businesses, region-specific climate resources, and conservation stewardship solutions.

Hopefully this means people are taking climate change seriously. We’ve been hearing about melting polar ice caps, rising water levels, and drastically changing weather patterns since I was in grade school.

When people hear about things, it doesn’t mean they will do something about it. Speaking from experience, when I was young and hearing about climate change, I felt helpless. What could I do to change things? I am only one person.

Slowly we realize, that although each of us is only one person, together we can make a difference. Now, organizations are forming and coming up with resources that help us make a difference independently, and together.

We have groups in town that are working to link people together who have available land for gardening, farming, conserving species at risk, and so much more.

If you’re wondering what you can do to help save the environment, just Google it. There are a multitude of resources available.

Even in our day to day lives as individuals, we can play our part in minimizing waste caused by plastic straws and coffee cups. If you think about it, you may only use one of each per day, but multiply that by 3,700 people in Golden, and that’s a lot. Worse yet, there are nearly five million people in B.C., and just more than 37 million people in Canada. That’s a lot of plastic straws and single-use cups.

Viva la Revolution. This time, a climate revolution.

Students around the world are speaking up. They are showing us that they have a message to be heard, and we should start listening. Young people don’t rally together for nothing. When they come out to speak up, it means it is time to open our eyes and start making changes that will benefit their generation, and the years to come.

The more that people can come together to share resources and ideas, the more likely it is we will make a difference. Sometimes, all it takes is making a conscious change, one step at a time.

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