I have seen change my whole life.
I have seen my parent’s homeland experience drought and pollution
I have seen my hometown lose keystone species like salmon and wolves
I have seen my hometown reach extreme temperatures
I have seen stories of those affected most
I have seen them pay a price that was not theirs to pay
I have seen leaders fail to take ownership of their wrongdoings
I have heard all talk but I have seen no true justice served
I have seen so much change.
I have also seen the youth recognize what must be done.
I have seen the youth rise up and challenge those in power
I have seen the youth make strides in education and transform the broken system
I have seen movements ripple through cities
I have seen what we can do together.
I hope to see my new city follow suit
I hope to see my new city flourish
1 hope to see goal-oriented governance, progressive policies, and a consistent climate
I hope to see warm summers and safe winters
I hope to see my new city make the people feel secure
I hope to see a Green New Deal
I hope to see a change
And I hope to see it now.
A little about the author: Sneha represents Dallas, Texas, and is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas. The poem is in the Climate Justice edition of the Galvanizer, read more here. The Galvanizer is a zine published by Deeds Not Words.