As a science teacher, I teach my students about their impact on their environment and how they can change their negative impacts into positive ones. I teach them about the peppered moths in industrial during the Industrial Revolution and about how the moths weren’t the only ones affected by all of that air pollution. I teach them about the discovery of the hole in the ozone that was discovered in the early 1980s and of how nations across the globe came together to agree on the Montreal Protocol that reduced the production and use of the chemicals that were causing that hole. Thirty years later, the hole is getting smaller. The moral of this lesson is that it is never too late to make the right choices for our environment.
Science is real. Climate change is real. The impacts of our individual and national choices are real. In addition to changing weather patterns, climate, and the gradual flooding of coastal areas, there are increased rates of mosquito-borne diseases (malaria, dengue, Zika), higher rates of water-borne infections, and toxin-related illnesses (cholera, shellfish poisoning). I tell my students what they can do as kids to have a positive impact since they can’t change what our industries and country do. As a member of Congress, I will support bills that slow the progress of climate change and that allow us to be good stewards of the earth and to protect our current way of life. North Texas has a large energy economy, and we must commit to policies that are good for business as well as the earth and its inhabitants.