The devastation is too great. We can’t simply slap solar panels everywhere and call it a day, writes 17-year-old climate activist Jamie Margolin
The climate crisis is such an overwhelming problem that many people understandably want to keep it separate from other issues. After all, the task seems daunting enough already. To avoid catastrophic climate disruption, global emissions of greenhouse gases must be slashed by 45% by 2030, requiring unprecedented transformations in energy, agriculture and other key economic sectors, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared last October. But treating the climate crisis as a stand-alone problem is a mistake. Issues of justice – economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and intergenerational justice – lie at the heart of this crisis, and these injustices must be addressed if the fight for a livable future is to succeed. We can’t simply slap solar panels everywhere and call it a day. We have to dismantle the systems of oppression that gave rise to and perpetuate the climate crisis, including colonialism, racism and patriarchy.
We must speak truth to power, call out these systems of oppression and put social justice at the center of our fight for a livable future
Jamie Margolin, 17, is a Colombian American student, author, activist and a founder of the youth climate action organization Zero Hour