Following the Climate Strike on Sept. 20, we invited students to write for the blog about whether or not they went, why, and what next. Maddie Johnson '22 shared her thoughts with us.
As it has become clearly apparent that we live in a world where many shy away and choose to hide the truth. I have become more aware of my voice. I became aware of the fact that things will not change unless we make change, aware of the fact that to change things it will not be as simple as sitting back and hoping that others will make the choices for us.
The Worldwide Climate Strike held this past week was a wake up call to many around the world, but was it enough? Was it enough to get those who have sat back in silence denying that climate change is a national crisis? Was it enough to get laws to the desk of Governors, Prime Ministers, and Presidents? Was it enough for thousands of children to leave school and protest for a future that hangs in the hands of others? Was it enough for me? Was it enough for you?
I did not go to the strike because I wanted to chant until my voice was hoarse or because I wanted to skip class. I went because this is my future and I have to protect it. This is my future and everyone else’s around me. I will not shy away from the fact that things need to change, and I will not be scared by the measures that need to be made to fix this global issue. It saddens me that it has taken children half my age marching for their future to get elected officials talking.
The solution to this problem is not simple, it’s not easy, but it is one that needs to occur. Everyone will need to not only change their ways, but change their thoughts around the way we treat the land we live on. I want a future for not only me, but future generations. I want a future for myself. Do you?