Bouchekouk on Climate Change

By Richard MacTough
News Editor

Leila Bouchekouk is an advocate for Climate Change majoring in chemistry and Spanish at ESU.

She hopes to be a Pediatric Endocrinologist.

She supports change to prevent the threats of global warming.

She discussed what people need to do before it is too late according to her or the community of scientists who research it.

Global sea level has risen by about eight inches since record keeping began in 1880.

It is estimated to rise another one to four feet by 2100 according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Bouchekouk attended International Peace Day at the United Nations Headquarters located in New York City back in September.

She was one of 24 to represent youth of UN ASPIRE South (Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education).

Bouchekouk joined the group back in her time of high school.

She was able to see Leonardo DiCaprio represent the many who are concerned about the possible harmful effects of global warming. He was a messenger of peace for the event.

She argues climate change has become a matter of politics, and is less about the importance of science.

Bouchekouk hopes the next president will follow the issue solely on facts and not a matter of representing a political ideology.

“If people care, then the politicians will care,” said Bouchekouk.

Bouchekouk believes this is an issue of mankind. She is certain it should not be about Democrats making it up or Republicans not believing it.

She entered the school to hold a free screening of Before the Flood back in October.

The film showed award-winning Leonardo DiCaprio’s journey of Discovering threats of climate change with research from high proclaimed scientists.

Bouchekouk explained how DiCaprio summarized if governments do not make dramatic change now, it could possibly be too late.

She discussed that she is optimistic and has faith in humanity to make the right decisions in terms of the state of the planet.

Bouchekouk clarified she entered ESU which was selected along with ivy league schools, like Yale and Harvard, across the country hosted by National Geographic.

Email Richard at:
rmactough@live.esu.edu

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