By: Avery Miller, Teen Intern, ClimaTeens member
and 
William Kimani, ClimaTeens Advisor

If you’ve ever heard of Greta Thunberg, you probably have heard about her weekly Friday school strikes for the climate. These climate strikes are to bring awareness to global warming and climate change.

The impacts of global warming and climate change are already being seen, and in 10 years, will have shifted the climate drastically and permanently. This threatens not only the future of our own species, but other species living on Earth. Recently, politicians have not been addressing this issue adequately, and so the youth have decided to stand up and strike against the inaction in the face of this dire crisis. The Youth Climate Strike has been a recent trend around the globe, and this Friday, September 20, the Youth Climate Strike will arrive in Boston. 

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The global temperature has been slowly increasing since the Industrial Revolution as carbon emissions cause heat to become trapped in the atmosphere.

As a teen who lives in Boston, on the coast, the impacts of rising sea levels and mass extinction events have become even more severe. Many of us live near the ocean, and so we could see damage to our housing and resources within the next 10 years as coasts shrink. In addition, our local economy, as well as much of our food supply, depends on the ocean, as seafood is (and hopefully will remain) a staple of the East Coast. This along with many other infrastructure and justice-related issues are what concerns us. We must hold onto hope and take action against the year of inaction. It is through the small actions and grassroots movements that will affect real change in our society.

We, the youth at the New England Aquarium, understand the importance of the ocean to everything we do and, honestly, so much of what we are. Many of us have found our best friends, our future careers and goals, and our mentors through the Aquarium. On a greater scale, many of us live on the ocean, have family or friends with livelihoods that rely on the ocean, or are at particular risk due to the impacts of climate change and global warming, as we are in communities that do not have adequate storm protection, decaying and/or old infrastructure, or the inability to upgrade the living spaces to make them safe for stronger storms or ocean rise. This is why we strike, because our neighbors, friends, family, and ultimately our city, are in a precarious position due to climate change and global warming. Please join us at the September 20 Climate Strike in Boston at City Hall Plaza to show our elected officials our concern. 

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If you can’t make it to the strike, we invite you to become part of the collective society to make many small acts turn into one big change. During the week of action following the Climate Strike, please join us in these microactions:

Monday: Start carrying a utensil set, including a reusable fork, knife, spoon, and straw, to reduce the amount of single-use plastics you are using.

Tuesday: Stop by a thrift shop to purchase your next clothing items

Wednesday: Research if your city or town has a climate action plan or check out Boston’s climate action plan.

Thursday: Find your local, state, or federal elected officials’ contact information and send them a note about why we need a livable climate.

Friday: Find a farmers market near you to purchase locally grown food and reduce the carbon footprint of your diet.  Many farmers markets are open yearround.