Jihan Gearon

Jihan Gearon works at Redefining Progress as a program associate for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative in Oakland, Calif.

When inheriting the earth isn’t such a good deal

I’ve seen my future, and it’s scary. It involves hurricanes, floods, destruction, mass evacuations, disease, and death. Hurricane Katrina and the week after it were a serious wakeup call for me. Youth the force, Luke. Climate change promises me that in my lifetime, I will experience many more events like this. As a young person, I can’t help but gnash my teeth at the people and events that have led us to this crucial point in the world’s history, and wonder why we still refuse to acknowledge and take meaningful action against our own self-destruction. As a young person, I …

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