Editors' note: On Nov. 12, 2014, Earth Charter Indiana and Youth Power Indiana returned to the Environmental Rules Board to once again advocate to be granted a hearing regarding a Climate Action Plan for Indiana.
Hello. My name is Cora Gordon. I am an eighth grade student at Eastwood Middle School. First off, I would just like to say thanks for giving me time to share my opinion and for listening to me. I am here to express the fact that we — as in Indiana — need a Climate Action Plan.
Climate change is a real, hard-hitting challenge that we MUST face. It is not something that can just solve itself.
Now, I know some of you probably think that nothing major will happen until you are dead and gone, but what about my future? I want to grow up and I want to get a job, but the way things are going now, my full time job will be surviving.
And what generations younger than me? Will they even know what life was like when people didn’t have to scramble around like animals for food?
In all honesty, I am terrified. I am terrified for my future and also for Indiana. So, think to yourself, do you really want all your hard work for this country to be all for nothing? Do you want your kids, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to have to give all they have just to survive?
Or will you have a plan? Will you have a plan that could save hundreds of thousands of lives and futures? Because I need that plan. And so do all the generations younger than mine.