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LIVE FROM MADRID: MY JOURNEY TO COP25 ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the greatest issue ever to face humanity. Our generation aims to solve it. Don't let it cost the world to save the planet. We've all just got to do something.

Founder of Forces of Nature, Will Charouhis


    Landing in Madrid for my first COP is a mix of emotions:     I am excited to attend the world climate conference where 197 member states of the United Nations will announce their carbon emission reductions to begin implementation next year.       I am worried that the reductions will not be enough to keep the planet to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. I know our plant being a few degrees warmer every day doesn’t sound like something we can't live with, but scientifically, we can’t. The differences between even 1.5C warming and 2C warning are catastrophic.       I am ashamed the United States, viewed as the world leader by many, is pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Since I was born I have been told my country is the greatest in the world—that in America anything is possible. And I believe that. But on this--the greatest crisis to ever face humanity--where the planet needs America’s incredible entrepreneurship and optimism put into action, America is almost absent. Our government is not only refusing to lead the world on stopping climate change, but is refusing to even actively participate.      So I ponder this apocalypse where my generation had to fight to have the words "crisis" and "emergency" included in the conversation. And I ponder why the highest leaders of my country aren’t leading the rest in of the world in carbon cuts, and not even taking a seat at the table.    And I ponder my time here. Why am I here? I am 13. What can I possibly do that my country won't?

But I look at the picture above-that's my hometown underwater in 2017 after Hurricane Irma hit Miami. Check out the photo. Our downtown was literally flooded.

And that one photo-like so many photos the past few years of the wildfires in California, the burning of the Amazon, the melting of our glaciers at breakneck speeds so fast they can be caught on camera-that one photo reminds me of why I have journeyed to Madrid. Crazy as it sounds, so I won't say it out loud, I think my goal — my mission — my purpose — has to be this: to change America’s course. America has got to do this. It is unfathomable and unacceptable for America to take any role except leader.    And I am tired. It's a journey just getting here. I am headed to my hotel to get some sleep. And then I’ll tackle climate change.

Together, we are unstoppable youth calling for immediate action to end climate change. One of the people. By the people. For the planet. We all just have to do something. Because there is no Planet B. Stand with us.

Founder of Forces of Nature, Will Charouhis


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Caroline Lewis
Caroline Lewis
07 дек. 2019 г.

Will! We are so proud of you and appreciate your strong voice at COP25 and on this blog. I will share with the GenCLEO leaders who fully agree that we must change course and let the USA be a world leader once more! Keep up the great work - Caroline Lewis, Founder, The CLEO Institute, Miami FL

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Nick Pavlis
Nick Pavlis
07 дек. 2019 г.

Without a doubt THE biggest issue humanity is facing. Fantastic work here, Will. Thank you for your efforts and spreading your message. I will show your content to my own children as an example of how it’s possible to turn a buzz into a deafening roar. Those with purely economic motives are destroying our Mother Earth and they must be stopped, before it is too late.

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padraicmaceagan
06 дек. 2019 г.

I am very proud of you Will. It had looked like that we older folks were going to doing anything about climate change. I appears that you and your friends are going to take it on. Not many grandfathers can have grandsons taking projects like this!

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