I took part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, in both Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. I did so primarily to support the youth coming out to promote action on this crisis. What was truly inspiring is that there were youth from elementary school to college age all showing up, participating, taking initiative and demonstrating true leadership to demand action on a threat to their very existence and to those for generations to come. There is no valid denial of the climate crisis, the science is well-proven and to this day we have seen distinct evidence of climate change in the form of melting glaciers, sea-level rise, more severe hurricanes and fires and climate refugees from some low-lying areas.

This is not a partisan, religious, race or gender issue. This is an issue that affects us all as the human race and we are all on this planet together. Unfortunately, unlike the youth who marched on Friday and continue to take action, President Trump has demonstrated a complete lack of leadership on the issue. He refuses to take action of any kind or attend climate change review meetings at the G7 and UN Climate Action Summits. The characteristics of a true leader are to build consensus and draw in resources to tackle tough challenges. Trump does none of these things but instead denies, denigrates and seeks to undo the good work of those trying to make positive change. His recent mockery of youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg is the most disgusting example and the epitome of bullying.

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