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For many millennial’s, the world we live in today can be a scary one. We have to graduate (most of us with student loans), find jobs, make a family and fix the problems our predecessors left upon us. Our oceans are heating up, our atmosphere is polluted, our ecosystems are collapsing, economic turmoil can be seen in most developed countries, radicalism is on the rise in all areas of the globe, and our current consumption patterns are destroying our environment. Sadly, these are only a few of the issues our world is facing.
These types of problems might bring you to the question “what is the point of all this?” It is inevitable that our generation is going to inherit this world and worryingly imminent that our generation will have to come up with the solutions to fix these problems, which needs to happen fast.
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Current politicians and members in power seem to be trying to pursue minimum actions to solve these issues, while others want to dismiss them entirely. The problem arises from the standard quote “ignorance is bliss”. This notion has driven many to choose to ignore that our world is headed towards a catastrophic end.
However, us millennial’s do not have that luxury. We have to start demanding change and taking action now. Above all, while we need to realize that we are the only generation able to inhibit the chaotic storm we are headed toward, communication matters. Change will only happen if people from all generations work together toward a better world not only for millennials, but all future generations.
The People’s Climate Movement and similar protests happening across the world against injustice and corruption is a great start in catalyzing change. Initiatives like this show that the millennial generation is trying to and has the power to incite change. Furthermore, we are aware that once we come into power, we will be the ones fully in charge of reversing the downward spiral we are in. However, more can be done to promote a positive future, and one that will bring us out of the ashes. By coming together, our own individual actions can make a difference.