Jack’s Story


Jack Zhou


Philadelphia, PA 19149

How are you sensing climate change?

As I walked to school with my mom and sister, the crunch of snow followed our every step. Even under my thick winter jacket, gloves, and snow boots, I could still feel winter’s cold hug. As we walked, my mom would warn my sister and me of the black ice ahead; however, I only saw it as an opportunity to mess around. Something about gliding on the frictionless ground seemed magical. As I reminisce on the snowy walks to school, I realize that the entire scene was magical. It was easy to take snowy days for granted when they seemed so frequent. Growing older with the earth has allowed me to witness the effects of climate change first-hand. I notice that the snow days I once treated as a frequent occurrence no longer occur so frequently anymore. I witness winter’s greatest gift only a couple of times a winter now, and climate change has stolen part of its greatness. It leads me to wonder how long it will take before climate change steals all snow days from us. Will it take centuries, decades, or perhaps only a few years? How can we prevent it from robbing us of nature’s greatest gifts?

How do these changes make you feel?

Like many others, these changes make me feel a sense of discomfort. It makes me worry about how much future generations of children will lose because of our lack of action toward an increasingly large crisis.

Philadelphia, PA 19149

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