Warriors of a Sustainable Future

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We are Karen Phan and Eric Pham, and we are students from Fountain Valley High School.  Through the media and traveling, we have been able to see the beauty and fragility of the Earth firsthand.  As inhabitants of the Earth, we believe we have an obligation to protect and care for the planet.  We want to take action by highlighting the causes and legitimacy of climate change.  

The legitimacy of climate change has long been debated upon, despite an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that proves climate change is a real environmental issue.  Global temperatures and sea levels are rapidly rising, ice sheets are shrinking, and oceans are warming.  In all of history, our planet has never been hotter than it is right now. The issue of climate change is not only a war waged to save our planet, but also to change our mindset.  Without the awareness of the changing climate, necessary changes can not come about because people will skeptize over the validity of climate change.  

However, Dana Rohrabacher, our local 48th Congressional District representative, does not believe climate change is really happening. His position on the issue contributes to the force in Congress that prevents the government from taking full on action to combat climate change. Possible laws and regulations that require Americans to help save the Earth one way or another may not be approved because of his stance on climate change. Not only this, but because he is an important congressman, his opinions and words have the power to influence people.  Rohrabacher denounces the credibility of the research done on climate change despite what 97% of scientists believe, and advertises his negative view on the legitimacy of climate change.

Our goal is to show Rohrabacher how many people believe climate change is a real environmental issue that is caused by humans.  By acknowledging and accepting climate change, Rohrabacher can use his political influence to encourage the production of solar, wind and other clean energy methods. Our Earth is vulnerable to human impacts, and it is time to protect it, whether that be through raising awareness or taking direct action.  Our passiveness on climate change results in many environmental issues that cause both our Earth and future generations to suffer.  We, and all those who sign, are warriors for the future of a clean, habitable, and safe Earth.  Climate change is an emergency as serious as war, and we must apply the same urgency as we would in war to combat it, as President Franklin Roosevelt once proposed.  Because we have only one Earth, it is urgent that Rohrabacher reconsider his position on this issue.

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