Utah high school students push climate change resolution
Climate change has been such a huge issue not just within the United States but all over the world. Our home planet is getting warmer and the effects on the wildlife and the environment is getting out of hand. There is no way for mankind to stop it but there is a way for to be able to slow it down.
Climate change has affected the world more than hundreds of years ago when people started burning fossil fuels and all the gas that is being released from the air traps the heat within causing the greenhouse effect. This is the main reason why almost every country all over the world has gathered and decided to make an agreement that would help find ways into slowing down the effects of climate change into the world so that the future generations would still be able to see and experience how beautiful our world actually is.
This is known to be the Paris Climate Change Agreement which became official in 2015. However, last August, United States President Donald Trump announced that he will be officially pulling out of the Paris deal. The White House has officially sent a statement to the United Nations but they wouldn’t be able to actually pull out right away since according to the agreement, a nation may only do it starting November of 2019. Then again, the process will take one more year, which means it wouldn’t be complete until after the US presidential elections in 2020, whoever will be elected may choose to rejoin the deal.
A lot of Americans weren’t exactly too pleased with the president’s decision on pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is why they are starting to find new ways to be able to help the environment, just like these high school students from Utah, continue reading to find out more.
Utah Students Takes On Climate Change
Republican Governor Gary Herbert has officially signed the resolution that acknowledges climate change within the state of Utah. This is all thanks to the high school student Piper Christian, as well some other students from the Logan High School. 18-year-old Piper said that it actually took her not just one but two years to write the resolution.
This resolution is not exactly a law, however, it has the power to encourage the people and emphasize the importance of being aware regarding the climate change. According to the high school student, they have started to organize this idea to when they actually found out that it would be possible for them to have a state resolution signed by the governor himself. This official state resolution would now have the power to urge the wonderful people of Utah especially the Environmental Protection Agency to slowly get rid of the carbon emission regulation.
The high school students have actually introduced this resolution to the Senate, but they were unfortunately denied by the National Resources Committee last year for a hearing. However, these teenagers obviously didn’t choose to give up but instead, they actually had to organize an unofficial hearing wherein they invited fellow students as well as legislators. It turned out better than they expected since they managed to pack a big conference room in the Capitol. Students from different high schools in Utah have testified to prove the significance of the knowledge on climate change.
Climate Change Resolution
Representative Becky Edwards actually made it into the unofficial hearing and she admitted that she was impressed by how passionate the students are and so she supported them by actually encouraging them as well as help them do their draft. Their hard work paid off when the resolution moved to the state Senate and as well as the House because of the 70 percent approval that they got from them. Edwards said that it is truly a wondering thing when the next generation is making sure that they are doing something that would benefit the world to become a better place to live. This is such a positive thing to see.
Christian said that they are very proud of what they have achieved and that they hoped they could inspire other students like them to be involved and spread awareness, not just within the United States but to the entire world.