As a UC Davis Generation Z student, I am afraid to have kids because I fear that climate change will ruin their lives. The world seems to be changing every day, and our climate crisis continues to get worse through wildfires, droughts, reduced snowpack and countless of other consequences.
While this problem can feel burdensome at times, as a community we must find ways to combat climate change. One of the simplest and most effective solutions is to stop polluting our planet with fossil fuels and switch to clean energy. This will help us reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and slow our rising global temperatures. In recent years, CALPIRG Students worked with all of the University of California campuses to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025, and just this month LA’s Community College District committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
These are some of the largest college systems in the country, and I think that it is time for Davis Community College to follow suit. We only have one planet, and my future — as well as the future of my possible children — hangs in the balance of our actions as a community. What are we waiting for?