Sometimes being part of this significant movement might feel pressuring, especially when you are a 12-year-old like me and are still trying to figure out what is going on. But don’t worry about it, you can help out in small ways, too.
What is the climate crisis?
The climate crisis is the heating up of the earth due to pollution and decay caused by human degradation of the planet over time. This fuels environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, food and water insecurity, and economic disruption. The icebergs are melting, coral reefs are dying and forests are burning due to this rapid heating of the earth.
Why do I need to help with this?
The climate crisis is an issue for the whole planet. Everyone is affected by global warming. Though many activists are fighting for the environment, their job is mainly educating people on how to help out the planet rather than doing it on their own. The reason for this is that one person can’t turn this around on their own, everyone needs to help. And I know that assisting in something as big as this can sometimes feel terrifying or overwhelming. But don't worry, as long as you are driven to make a difference and try to do the right thing by accomplishing some of the items listed below, you can make a difference, whether big or small.
You are never too small to make a difference.
How can I help?
Reusing, Reducing, and Recycling: limiting the number of products thrown away or put into a landfill can lessen pollution and help the environment.
Volunteer: helping out with local clean-ups, planting trees, and helping protect wildlife are a few of the ways you could volunteer. And you can do it right in your home town.
Educate: learning to understand what is going on and helping educate others can greatly improve the rate of people helping out and volunteering.
Shop Smartly: choosing less plastic and buying more products made from sustainable materials can lessen the amount of stuff thrown away. Also using a reusable bag when shopping.
Drive Less: take time to enjoy your community by walking and biking to nearby destinations. I bet there are things you have never noticed before right in your hometown that you can find by walking.
Sustainable shopping made simple.
The climate crisis is real and nothing will change if we don’t fight for it ourselves. Step up and stand out. Peace out folks!
Galit Hamdani is a motivated junior high student who aspires to make art and learn about the world. She paints and draws. Even at her young age, she is working to educate people on sustainability and global warming and to create a difference.