Our Responsibility

Brandon-2I am currently a senior in high school and a member of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and the Federation of World Peace and Love, both of which have been dedicated to the promotion of love and peace worldwide.

 

During my spring break, I attended the World Peace and Love Conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, co-organized by the Federation of World Peace and Love, Permanent Mission of Kiribati to the UN, and Association of World Citizens.

 

When I went to the UN headquarters, I wasn’t even thinking of the conference I was attending. I was so focused on the job that I was going to do that I didn’t stop to realize how much its contents meant to me as a person. I was worrying about transcribing and the difficulty of it, as well as other things I had to do after getting back from New York. Finally, being in that conference room made me realize something. What everyone was discussing in there resonated with me. Before, I had only heard about how bad it was for other countries from videos I watched in class. My AP Environmental Science class is built on the very same foundation that this conference was about: global sustainability.

 

That class has only built up my interest in climate change and living sustainably. The conference gave me a chance to meet people who actually live in those countries and how they feel about climate change. Even though the U.S. is also influenced by global warming and pollution, those island nations feel the impact so much more. They have much less land and more to worry about. It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. starts feeling it too. Global sustainability isn’t just a health fad. It keeps humanity healthy. We need to start considering global sustainability if we want to survive past this century. The time to fix things is running out.

 

Brandon Chi, 17