Earth Day was on April 22, and the question of how to stop climate change is gaining more relevancy.
Junior Arctic Grosvenor is making a difference by starting Earth Club.
The United Nations stated, “Human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.”
According to the UN it’s important for people to make a change now because of the major consequences it will have such as harming natural environments as well as people’s health. But for high school students, it’s challenging to make large impacts. Despite this, students are finding smaller but effective ways to be more environmentally friendly in their lives.
Grosvenor said, “I think it’s really easy to forget that the health of Earth is declining. I could probably sit behind my computer and be fine and let it be the next generation’s problem, but I think students should care because we all live here.”
Grosvenor said the impact just a few students could have if they worked together to even make just a small change to better this world.
“For anyone and any student, I think just finding a community that has a common goal can make that goal one hundred times easier to achieve…So having that support and reminder that I’m not here alone gives me hope that this little club we are making might, even if it’s the smallest outcome, do something positive for the Earth or just make some friends before we all die on a giant fireball,” Grosvenor said.
Grosvenors ideas for students wanting to help include recycling and repurposing and he said that anyone with ideas or wants to help is welcomed in the club. Other small actions students can take, according to Imperial College London, include using more sustainable transportation, reducing individual waste, consuming less meat and dairy, and making their voices heard.
Grosvenor said, “Even if that saying, ‘One person can make a difference’ isn’t true, why not give it a shot? Better luck trying right?”.
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