This is a short excerpt from Supriya Patel’s, Earth Uprising’s Partnerships Coordinator, op-ed to the Sacramento Bee.
When I am 25, I would like to live in an apartment in a city, own a pet beagle and spend copious amounts of time in coffee shops and used book stores. By this time, I’d also like to be closer to my dream of running for public office. But, most importantly, by the time I’m 25, I hope that the climate crisis hasn’t killed me.
Because, you see, I’ll turn 25 in 11 years. Eleven years is how long the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has given us to change policies in time to meet international goals of limiting climate change.
By the time I’m 25, I hope my hometown of Sacramento isn’t struggling to recover from a flood deadlier than we’ve seen in living memory, thanks to climate change. I hope longer heatwaves and smoke from intensified wildfires don’t make our air unbreathable. I hope my dreams are still possible because, if my home is destroyed, or if pollution makes it impossible to go outside, I won’t be able to run for office or own a dog.
. . . .By Supriya Patel (Op-ed), ” I’m 13 and joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday. Here’s why you should, too,” The Sacramento Bee