Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Cannot Wait

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Cannot Wait

My name is Havana and I am 8 years old. I am writing to ask Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark Warner to co-sponsor the Green New Deal.

Since I was born, I have lived in five different countries and visited 20 more. And that is how I learned that girls, especially brown and black girls, are hurt the most by climate change.

Girls are the ones who are kept out of school when families become refugees due to climate disasters. I know because I have met these girls. I have lived in the same cities as these girls. I am writing to you for those girls who don’t have a voice.

When I fight for human rights like clean air, clean water, or the right to live without violence, it’s because I want every girl in America and around the world to have the chance to reach their goals and dreams, because I think girls are going to save the world. I am only 8, and people underestimate me every single day. But I am writing you because I know you are never too little to make a difference.

Kids have more to lose when it comes to climate change than adults do — because we are going to live longer. I am asking you as and all the members of the Senate to be stronger than fear. Senator Kaine and Senator Warner, I am asking you to join the movement and fight for a Green New Deal. The world cannot wait. Kids like me cannot wait.

Havana Chapman-Edwards