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There is increasing pressure to combat climate change, especially among young people, who will represent nearly 20 million potential new voters in the 2020 election. For example, many in the current class of high school graduates call themselves "The Class of Zero." Zero emissions, zero delays, zero excuses from politicians for not working to solve climate change.

A recent Times Magazine article notes that, on March 15, an estimated 1.6 million mostly young people in 133 countries participated in a student climate strike inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden, who famously said this about climate change: "There is no point in going to school if there is no future ... why should we care about our future when no one else is doing that?"

Even though Thunberg is only 16, she is no lightweight. She has spoken with the pope, communicated with President Obama, addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland, billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the U.K. Houses of Parliament. She told Parliament and others that she knows whom to blame for climate change, saying: "You did not act in time."

Democratic candidate for president, Gov. Jay Inslee has a parallel message. He says: " We're the first generation impacted by climate change and the last that can stop it."

Let us hope, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, that this era of climate change "hoax" is over, and that politicians carefully consider the impact these 20 million new young, climate-minded voters will have on their 2020 election prospects.

Bob Balhiser

Helena

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