Heat waves cause school closures across US (includes video story)

Schools in the northeast and parts of the southeast are closing early or even canceled altogether due to the excessive heat of the nation’s most recent heat wave.

Washington, D.C. issued a heat emergency plan consisting of the opening of cooling centers around the city, and two people have died in Miami-Dade County after working outside.

The United Nations Secretary-General has urged countries responsible for 80% of emissions to take action towards climate justice. 

“Developed countries must commit to reaching net zero as close as possible to 2040,” Secretary-General António Guterres said.

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Residents in D.C. like Sherell Anderson worry about their children’s livelihood. 

“Their school…they communicated last week they had to do an indoor recess style because it was just way too hot for the kids to play outside. I feel like that’s something the kids look forward to,” Anderson expressed.

Down south, utility bills are skyrocketing. 

“People that I’m hearing from are paying $500 and $600 light bills,” said Ama Fleming, a Florida resident.  

With fall approaching, people hope temperatures will begin to cool down. For now, the National Weather Service advises everyone to stay hydrated and keep in cool areas.

Hawah Ezell is a senior digital broadcasting student with a concentration in criminal justice. She is passionate about social justice and human rights. She plans on pursuing a career in multi-media journalism where she intends to give a voice to the voiceless.