How Teenagers can Help Prevent Climate Change


photo by Avery Ferguson

Many students agree: climate change is very concerning, and the earth is worth protecting.

Avery Ferguson, Staff Writer

More and more teenagers are becoming educated on climate change as the years pass, and most want to get involved in order to prevent it. 

Conway High Schooler, William Polk, says, “I think teenagers should invest themselves into the prevention of climate change by protesting and getting involved in petitions so that we don’t have Summer in the middle of December.”

Polk is just one teenager in the community who shares these beliefs. Many teenagers these days want to help prevent and help repair climate change, but don’t know where to start. Climate change is a large issue, and, as teenagers, it can be hard to feel like you’ll make a difference. 

Sophomore, Natalie Stephens, says “I’m worried that teenagers can’t make a difference when it comes to climate change because it will probably be too late.”

Many high school students share Natalie’s views, but, what if it isn’t too late? Just because it seems like such an unchangeable thing, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to help. 

One thing you can do to help save the Earth is emailing your state senators and representatives and asking them to support one of the many climate change acts trying to be passed in the White House right now. For the state of Arkansas, the two senators are French HIll and Tom Cotton, who’s websites you can contact them on.

Another thing you can do as a teenager is to try and eat less meat. Greenhouse gas emissions produced by animal agriculture are at an all time high of 10%. You don’t have to go entirely meat free, but, even not eating meat 2 or 3 days a week, could help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Finally, something simple that you can do is carpool. Whenever you carpool with someone, you are reducing the amount of pollution put into the air, as well as, the amount of fossil fuel used in the form of gas. You don’t need to carpool everywhere, but even something as simple as riding to school with your friends helps to improve the impact you have on the environment.

Climate change can be this grey, daunting cloud that seems like you can never escape from, but there are ways for the sun to peek through, and all it takes is a little bit of effort on everyone’s part. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact on the world around you. Climate change is an ever-growing issue that students can help to protect their futures against.