The issue of climate change and its increasing effect it has on the world is very alarming. The more I have done research on this topic the more I have realized that what we do as individuals, communities, and nations as a whole have an enormous impact on what it does to our world.
Climate change has always been an issue that is often placed on the back burner in the political sphere here in the United States of America. There have been other nations that have made progessive policy towards slashing their pollution contribution such as the United Kingdom. The major difference between our neighbor across the pond is that the oil companies are roughly about 9 percent of the US GDP which is a major contribution to the US economy especially from just one industry.
The reason behind why these industries have a large impact on the US is because top oil companies such as Exxonmobil, Shell, and Chevron have an iron grip on policy making by making very generous contributions to political figures that advocate for these oil companies needs. Another way that these large corporations advocate for themselves by spending over millions of dollars in lobbying.
While the main adversary for these oil companies are the youth and alternative energy companies. An example of a youth advocate for climate change is a young girl by the name of Greta Thunberg who gave an emotional and powerful speech at the UN meeting. This young girl has rallied and has made world leaders aware of how she feels and how the youth feel about this pressing issue and the alarming consequences that climate change has brought.
Luckily not all is grim in the world and there is some hope for this world. Here in the United States of America there is some hope not at the nation level, but at the state level. With states such as Oregon and New York who have reduced their carbon footprint. This has led to other states to follow this model and policy. Leading to a brighter and healthier future for the generations to come.