Defend Our Future, an environmental group which has teamed up with Bloomberg Government, flew roughly fifty college students to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, ironically, to discuss ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The group’s main initiative is to prevent global warming. According to the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), the group flew most of the students to D.C. while others took a train. Their travel was equivalent to cutting down about 602 trees, in terms of CO2 emissions.
“The Next Generation of Climate Conversations: A Town Hall Discussion” conference was held on Tuesday. The DCNF spoke with students who attended the conference, and they said sponsors of the conference flew them in from areas like Maine, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, and Ohio. Even the students agreed it was a bit hypocritical to fly them all out, seeing as they are an “environmentalist” group.
“It does seem that way,” a student from Arizona State University told the DCNF. ”We do need to reduce the use of carbon, and only use if for really important things.”
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A poll taken at the conference indicated that 64 percent of students at the conference had a positive outlook on America’s energy future, while 20 percent had a negative outlook. Students who had a positive outlook told the DCNF they believe environmentalism will survive Trump’s administration.
Those with a negative outlook explained why they are not as optimistic.
“A lot of my friends are looking at losing their EPA or USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] grants,” a student told the DCNF. “It is hard for me to think we’re gonna make much progress in the future when my friends are being denied to do what they want to do because there is no money for it.”
As for solutions, students at the conference believe the best way to take action on global warming is teaching students to be conscious of the environment at a young age.
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