As chair of the ECO Agency, the environmental branch of Student Government at the University of Miami, I’m concerned about how climate change will affect my future. The urgency of this issue is acknowledged by everyone from the scientific community to the Pentagon, yet we see little in the way of bold leadership with elected officials and politicians.
By 2030, sea level in South Florida is expected to rise by six to 20 inches. By 2050, as much as $366 billion in South Florida real estate could be at risk from coastal flooding. These affects won’t just devastate our economy — they’ll displace Florida families and harm our communities. We know that climate change is happening and we know that we, as younger voters, will suffer the most devastating impacts over our lifetimes.
As a candidate from Florida, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a unique opportunity to protect his home state by putting forth a plan to address one of the most pressing issues of our time. I challenge him to protect our state by laying out a plan to achieve more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030. The future of Florida is at stake.