Updated on: April 23, 2020

The Year of Climate Action and Quarantine

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Original story posted on: April 22, 2020

During quarantine, I look for every chance to be outside. During the fifteen-minute break I have between online classes, I try to get outside; I exercise and spend time with my mother outside. Right now, all we have is our home and the outdoors. We are seeing how important it is to take care of our homes. Our earth needs care too. 

Greta Thunberg is a young climate advocate. She believes cutting all carbon emissions in half in 10 years is not sufficient. The technology to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide on the necessary scale does not yet exist. There is only a 50% chance that we will avoid the deadly consequences of a 1.5 degrees Celsius warming over pre-industrial times. On behalf of all of the youth, Greta proclaims, “a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.”

Reading Greta’s inspiring speech at the U.N Climate Action Summit reminded me of two things: One, even if we are divided as a community, we can still band together to help the one thing we all share, our earth. Two, in order to stay safe, we need 100% of our community to quarantine. Repeating Greta’s powerful words, “a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences” of failing to control the coronavirus. 

If you are interested in Gretta’s Speech, there is a transcript on the NPR Website.  

Mira Goldstein

Mira Goldstein, 15, is a freshman at North Shore County Day School in suburban Chicago where she is a straight A student. She is an award-winning gymnast, has been learning the Mandarin language, and just established the Ten Day Virtual Fitness Challenge for Junior Kindergarten through 5th Graders at her school. She has recently written 3 pieces for the Coronavirus Chronicles of Psychiatric Times, the largest psychiatric publication in the country. She is the first teenager to ever write for them.

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