On Monday, Emma-Jane Burian announced her intentions to take the No Future Pledge, joining an global movement that aims to instigate serious action against climate change from governments around the world.
"When I was talking to my mom about the pledge, she told me about the guilt that she felt when she was pregnant with me and 9/11 had just happened and she was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I am bringing a child into this world which is so messed up and people are out there hurting each other, ' " said Andres, who was born three months after the September 11 attacks. I am not the only young person giving up lifelong dreams because they are unsure of what the future will hold. "As a descendant of survivors of the holocaust, the idea that my children might again face the worst of what humanity has to offer scares me more than anything else", said Lim in a press release.
"When you're young you believe that your government will fix things, and so I joined the green team and we worked on recycling and I figured that everything would be okay", she said.
A 2018 United Nations report stated that the earth has warmed 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 19th Century. "But that trust in your leaders erodes over time".
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, and other young people testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, calling on USA lawmakers to "listen to the scientists" and "unite behind the science" and take actions toward solving climate change. However, Lim won't be discouraged, saying her aim is to look to the future with hope instead of fear.
The student also explained that she launched the pledge so that others could "understand how the fear of climate is so unquestioned in my generation". "It's something everybody feels", she said.
The movement - dubbed #NoFutureNoChildren - was started by Emma Lim, an 18-year-old McGill University student who said she has "always wanted to be a mom, for as long as I can remember". "Where in my parent's or grandparent's generation, believing in climate change is often a matter of opinion and not survival".
Lim told Business Insider that the government needs to implement a "comprehensive plan" to combat climate change. "We've read the science, and now we're pleading with our government". There's flooding but it hasn't really affected my immediate family.
Lim expressed how she is unimpressed by what the government has been doing to tackle the climate change problem.