More climate drama
We certainly support the right to peacefully protest, but we also hope those who engage in such activity do so while understanding their purpose, rather than simply following others.
Last week, dozens of Souhegan High School students walked out of class in protest of what they perceive as a global climate crisis.
The leader of the walkout was senior Simonne Dodge.
“I think it’s so important for the younger generation to speak up and have a voice in what’s happening, especially surrounding climate change, which is going to have such a large effect on our generation and our children and grandchildren,” Dodge said during the protest.
Dodge said she has been following the story of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg since midway through last year, completing a whole project on her for school.
“The main focus here is we want to bring awareness to the climate crisis and get people talking about it because that’s the first step toward action,” Dodge added.
Also, during the weekend, about 70 people were arrested during a protest outside New Hampshire’s lone coal-fired power plant, Merrimack Station in Bow.
The most fascinating part of all this, in our opinion, is just how many young people are totally and absolutely convinced that a global climate crisis exists – and, therefore, Earth is doomed. Perhaps, they believe this because of listening to liberal politicians, such as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations,” Sanders states on his campaign website.
Sanders also states he wants to use $16.3 trillion worth of taxpayers’ money to implement his version of the Green New Deal. However, Sanders is far from the only Democrat sounding the climate alarm.
“The costs of climate change will measure in the tens of trillions of dollars, in lives lost, and livelihoods devastated and destroyed,” presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas states on his campaign website.
We recognize the need to curtail the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, and certainly support the expansion of solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, biomass and other forms of renewable energy.
However, we hope those who engage in climate protests and walkouts get their information from true scientific sources, rather than from Democratic politicians trying to bolster their presidential campaigns.