Global warming our generation’s problem; act now

Our grandparents had world wars to worry about. Our parents had AIDS and the nuclear scare, and our generation has the most imminent problem of all: the state of our planet. By now, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about global warming and how we are ruining our planet with fossil fuels and waste. But it doesn’t matter because it’s not just the far left crying for action anymore.

Businesses, politicians, college campuses and scientists are all taking significant action to save the Earth.

In January, General Electric Co. formed a partnership with AES Corp. to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to a Jan. 16 Associated Press article in “The Boston Globe.”

As an industry, these companies represent those most affected by mass caps on emissions, and the way they are facing global warming sends a message to the rest of the world that this is a real problem.

Even more impacting, both red and blue politicians in Washington are bleeding green.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., joined forces in January to promote a plan to issue mandatory caps on greenhouse emissions for power plants, industries and oil refineries.

Colleges are getting in on the act, as well.

Harvard University recently put in place water-conserving toilet handles, Arizona State University is offering its first degrees of all levels on environment challenges this semester, and New York University plans to purchase millions of kilowatts of wind power this year.

It’s certainly not too late for TCU to make a difference, as well. Our school has the opportunity and the resources to lead the South on environmental conservation.

And it all begins with you.

Campaign our school to take action: Bring your own coffee mug to Starbucks (you get 10 cents off your drink if you do), bring your own canvas bag to the grocery store and get educated on how to conserve energy.

It’s time to get in the mindset that our planet is in danger and we’re the only ones who have the power to save it.

Features editor Amber Parcher for the editorial board.