During a recent visit to a high school in New Jersey, a NASA expert encouraged students to investigate climate change.
At Ramapo High School, Dr Gavin Schmidt, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies sought to empower students to meet the global challenge of climate change.
“The older generation did not make good decisions and this problem is something you will have to deal with the rest of your life,” said Schmidt. “You may think you have no power but there are things you can do to make a difference.”
Schmidt showed two images of the same glacier in Alaska, one taken in 1894 and one taken in 2004.
“In this photo you see the glacier is gone and has been replaced by a lake, with flowers and trees,” said Schmidt. “This is what a couple of degrees rise in the temperature has done.”
The 1,061 students who heard Schmidt speak were encouraged to remember that they soon will be able to vote and influence policy.
“You can write letters, make individual changes like recycling and become a voice in your community about sustainability, “said Schmidt.