On Oct. 8, the United Nations issued a new climate report that states it is imperative we limit warming to 1.5°C within 12 years in order to reduce the potential for catastrophic events. Just 0.5°C past that equates to significantly worse effects of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. However, the UN gives hope by informing us that it’s affordable and feasible for nations to increase efforts in fighting climate change. And Washington is already making an effort to contribute to the fight by having Initiative 1631 on the ballot.
With I-1631, it will make large polluters accountable for their large contributions of carbon emissions, benefiting our communities in the short term and long term. I-1631 will clean our air and invest in clean energy, forests and water.
Why is this important to me? I have two young cousins ages 3 and 5. It burdens me to know that what we do in 12 years will determine what world we leave behind for them. Climate change’s beginnings were with a generation that is no longer living, and now the problem is left for my generation and future generations to face the consequences. In 12 years, my cousins will only be 15 and 17 years old. With I-1631, we have the opportunity to do something about climate change and leave a better world behind for my cousins and future children. Vote yes on I-1631.