We are seeing the dangerous effects of climate change more than ever before. In 2020 California had 9,917 incidents of wildfires that burned though 4,257,863 acres of land. It was one of the worst recorded years for the state, but it’s not the only place that has been affected. There has been a significant rise in hurricanes, floods, and droughts throughout the world. We are constantly being told that we as individuals can take part in fixing climate change by eating less meat, walking or biking, or tuning off the lights when we leave a room. While changes like these are helpful, the reality is even if you lived your entire life sustainably, you would only save one second worth of emission from the global sector. Therefore, climate change starts with systemic change.
Modern societies that we built over the last 150 years to make our lives easier, safer, and comfortable have been destructive to the planet. We are so used to eating meat daily, driving on the highway, and using energy to artificially control the temperature in our homes. To fix the climate, every aspect of our current living style must be taken into account. One way to do that is through electing politicians that respect science. We need them to systematically fight climate change by incentivizing current green technologies and making investments in the fields where we don’t have solutions yet.