A 20-Something’s View of Climate Change

By Yas­mine Mah­moud

Editor’s note: Fleet Man­age­ment Week­ly is pleased to intro­duce Yas­mine Mah­moud, a jour­nal­ism stu­dent serv­ing as an edi­to­r­i­al intern. We’ve asked her to occa­sion­al­ly write per­spec­tive pieces on sig­nif­i­cant glob­al fleet man­age­ment issues. This week, Yas­mine shares her expe­ri­ence and per­spec­tive on cli­mate change and sus­tain­abil­i­ty issues, offer­ing opin­ions shared with many of her GenY peers.

Ever since I can remem­ber, I’ve been taught to recy­cle in school. It’s been stressed to me so much that I feel guilty when I throw some­thing into the black land­fill bin. When think­ing about con­serv­ing ener­gy or resources, the first thing I think of is the envi­ron­ment, rather than sav­ing mon­ey. Reduc­ing one’s car­bon foot­print is even trendy, as there are many types of brand-embla­zoned mer­chan­dise that boast eco-friend­li­ness. I come from a gen­er­a­tion that has grown up with the idea of being eco-friend­ly cit­i­zens. I find that my class­mates and friends are often cor­rect­ing each oth­er about how to recy­cle and reduce the resources they use.

Cli­mate change is a fright­en­ing con­cept, but my gen­er­a­tion of 20-Some­things is well aware of the con­se­quences. When­ev­er there is a slight weath­er change, or a day that is unsea­son­ably warm, it is blamed on cli­mate change and long talks about the state of glob­al warm­ing often fol­low. Hur­ri­cane Sandy is a recent exam­ple of a weath­er anom­aly, and caught the nation’s atten­tion because of its destruc­tion.

There was talk of glob­al warm­ing dur­ing the after­math plas­tered across var­i­ous social media plat­forms, spring­ing talks of cli­mate change and its con­se­quences. There were also many pho­tos and videos of the after­math that are over­dra­mat­ic and fake, but are very pos­si­ble in the future.

As most of my gen­er­a­tion is still in school, we are encour­aged to keep up with cur­rent events local­ly and glob­al­ly. Inter­na­tion­al­ly, there is much more aware­ness and gov­ern­ment pre­ven­tion of cli­mate change than in the Unit­ed States.… (Click here to read the rest of Yas­mine’ com­men­tary…)

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