BY: LETICIA WOOD, NJ STATE DIRECTOR
On June 6th, 2017, in NGP of New Jersey’s first Roundtable Discussion, over two-dozen students convened to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement
“I feel that it was important for the youth to come together to discuss something that will inevitably have an impact on the future generation,” Attendee Soo Hyun Um stated. “As the upcoming leaders of the country, it is necessary that we stay involved with the proceedings of the US, in any way possible,” he added.
The event was entirely student-led and facilitated, and though the initial topic was President Trump’s decision, the conversation gave way to discussion over climate change as a whole. Although the discussion grew heated due to partisan differences, the participants ultimately came to an agreement. Events like this must continue to ensure Generation Z does not idly stand by as their representatives make decisions on behalf of its members.
“The problem with today’s society is that no one takes the younger generations seriously,” Attendee Kaya Karibi- Whyte explained. “If we are the ones who are going to lead the country in the future, we need to