Boomers vs. Zoomers? When it Comes to the Climate Crisis, It’s Time for Intergenerational Cooperation

An old adage says that if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. Combating the climate crisis and protecting future generations is a marathon, not a sprint, and we need each other if we’re going to go the distance.

The smoke alarm was the first sign we had a problem. By the time I got upstairs the smoke was billowing out of the bathroom. I reached for a fire extinguisher and sprayed its chemicals directly at the flames. Within a couple of minutes, the volunteer fire department was pulling into our driveway.

—Michael Smyer

Anyone who has ever had a house fire, knows it’s a scary event. Imagine the scene if, instead of working together to put the fire out, the firefighters started arguing over which generation was most responsible for starting the fire in the first place! That’s what we risk with climate change.