Our world is dying, and we need drastic changes in big and small ways. The risks of not taking action are numerous, with rising sea levels, species’ extinction, and water shortages at our doorstep. Climate change can also be connected to health, food security, and economic growth, with impoverished communities and populations at the highest risk. There are solid programs in place for overcoming barriers to renewable energy use and collecting and waste, but we as a district need to band together as a community to make sure we are doing our part individually. That means biking or walking, shopping virtually, keeping track of trash, donating excess food to your local food bank, even eating leftovers. In Congress, I will support legislation that is geared towards reducing our current coal consumption by one-third, and economic programs for farms to meet climate goals. For the past two years, I lived in a country that ranks #3 in the world in recycling, while America does not even appear on that list. When I get to DC, I will work towards making America a country with a clean energy standard.