Local youth out to save the planet

July 23, 2018 11:20 AM

NISKAYUNA - The mission of the Youth Climate Crusade is to get the word out, to start a conversation, and to carry on a worldwide dialogue centered on climate and environmental justice.

"We need to show that this is a really big deal to us and it would be for everyone else," said 12-year-old Sofia Trimarchi.

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Climate change is such a big deal to her. She just had to bring her 9-year old sister Chloe with her to the rally and march at Niskayuna Town Hall.

"I think people need to see this because they see this and they think, 'OK, this is a problem, why can't we change this?' We need to change this and I think young people can do that just as well as older people," asserted Chloe Trimarchi.

What the young sisters are talking about is the unthinkable notion that human beings are destroying their one and only habitable planet.

"I'm just worried that we are going to pollute the air too much and certain species are going to die out that we need for survival," said Avi Barr, 11, who organized the rally.

Barr says he was so disheartened by the horrifying possibility that climate change could wipe out life as we know it for future generations, he decided to find sponsors, book live entertainment, and invite Niskayuna High School earth science teacher Paul Scott to be the featured speaker for his Youth Climate Rally.

"I think they see a future for themselves and the planet can't continue this way," Scott said.

It should come as no surprise that the youngest generation has become so passionate about climate change. Keep in mind that in each of the first 17 years of this century, there's been a new high average earth temperature established each year, and this generation of kids has grown up living through, and knowing only that reality.

"I saw this article about the polar ice caps melting and that made me really sad," said 12-year-old Jacob Ciesinski.

"The Earth should be a beautiful place where everyone is happy and not sad," added Chloe.

"If we don't do something soon our whole environment is going to change," Sofia pointed out.

"We don't discuss it much in school, which I think we should do something about," Avi chimed in.

And so the Zero Hour movement is underway, determined to make sure everyone is educated, everyone recycles, and everyone cares about the environment.

"The more they get in terms of information about it, the more active they become," Scott observed. "The more willing they are to make changes in their life, I think they see it as one part and one piece of this big solution and that is all of us making some changes."

Changes made today that they hope will insure a planet full of safe tomorrows.


Dan Levy

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