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Sea levels have risen by eight inches since 1880, with about three of those inches coming in the last 25 years. Human-driven climate change is causing this rise, and it has devastating impacts on coastal communities around the globe.

While some may have the resources to adapt their cities to this change through technology and innovation, many do not. This is why our nation must recognize climate refugees fleeing to safer places. The U.S doesn’t currently have formal protections for climate refugees, and I believe that this needs to change. This problem will only continue to worsen, but it’s our responsibility as a wealthy nation and world leader to welcome those who are being negatively affected by climate change that we’ve greatly contributed to.

EMILY JONES

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