Ryan M. Michigan

Climate Change

Why won't people acknowledge our changing environment?

Dear Future POTUS

According to a Monmouth University poll conducted in 2016, only 70% of Americans believe the climate is changing. Of that 70%, 27% don't think humans are the cause. Unfortunately that doesn't match the science. NASA claims 97% of published climate scientists believe the earth is warming. So why is there such a large disconnect between the public and professionals in the climate change field? As President, what would you do to encourage American citizens to search for the facts, as opposed to getting their information from opinion based sources, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc.?

This matter is important to our generation because if we don't fix it, severe consequences like extreme weather events will continue to occur. Events like Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy caused 65 billion dollars worth of damage according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Events like droughts.  The drought in California will have a 603 million dollar economic impact in 2016 according to researchers at UC Davis.  Land there has been unused because there is not enough water to irrigate it.  This disrupts the food supply. Events like the melting of the polar ice cap. Antarctic sea ice covers 40% less than what it did in the 1970's, according to NASA.

As citizens we have been dumbed down by our information outlets. So, as President, will you be able to encourage people to look at facts and read material about important topics that have credible, reliable information? Perhaps a White House page on Twitter or Facebook sharing links of those facts to millions of people all around the world would help this cause. Promoting reading credible news sources that have journalists reporting facts,  as opposed to internet wisdom.  Perhaps more money for public schools and universities, so more people will be exposed to the sciences and therefore more likely to identify a fact versus opinion and increase the digital citizenship of Americans.

With your help, we may be able to save this planet. But both the People and the Government will have to work together if we want to have a better tomorrow. As President do you think you're capable of fulfilling my request in helping people get informed with accurate information about global warming  and help our generation have a planet that is capable of sustaining life as we know it? My generation hopes so, because life on this planet will dramatically change without a commitment from our country in leading the world to find solutions to our climate change problem.  

Thank you for your time.  


Allen Park High School

APHS Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Allen Park High School is located in Southeastern Michigan. AP Lang studies rhetoric. Additionally, students produce text to narrate, persuade, and inform.

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