Taylor Swift has found her (political) voice, and it’s strong

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October 15, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Taylor Swift

Kudos to singer Taylor Swift for getting political this week and urging young people to vote during her “artist of the year” acceptance speech at the 2018 American Music Awards and in an earlier Instagram post. Her words are credited with prompting thousands between the ages of 18 and 24 to register online at vote.org.

While the rest of us don’t have the same kind of sway as Swift — with her 112 million Instagram viewers, 84 million Twitter followers and 69 million Facebook fans — we should take a page from her playbook and hound the millennial and 18-and-up gen Z folks in our families to do the same. After all, this is their world now, and if they don’t speak up, large portions of it will likely be under water by the time they reach middle age.

That’s according to a sobering report released this week from a United Nations panel detailing dire results — rising sea levels, massive food shortages, coral reef die-offs — as early as 2040 if we don’t do something significant about climate change now. Of course that’s only terrifying for those of us who believe in science, which, as we know, doesn’t include our president. When asked about the report, he expressed skepticism over the credentials of the 91 scientists, representing 40 countries, who wrote it. Or, as he said “drew it.”

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