The era of youth involvement is still flourishing, despite the decrease of coverage in the media. Events such as March For Our Lives and other groups formed an advocate for minorities. Groups such as the LGBTQ+ are being led by the youth of today all over the world. Our youth has grown up in the 21st century exposed to raw problems of today, and have chosen to face them head on instead of ignoring the state of the world.
Youth leaders that have emerged in this “era” include Emma Gonzalez who organized the March For Our Lives movement, Amariyanna Copeny who advocates for the water crisis in Flint. Michigan, Malala Yousafzai who actively works to protect women’s education rights, and many more. These students are allowing for the youth of today to have a stronger voice than ever before, they are fueled by a passion for a safer and juster world. The movements that are being created not only increase federal regulation and safety for citizens but are changing government as we know it.
Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old activist from Sweden, has begun to call out her government for their flaws on climate change issues. She has spoken at many conferences, including delivering an amazingly well-written speech in front of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Thunberg earned her global recognition following the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, where she called out their ignorance to the emergency of global warming. Her emotional and eloquent speech calls the United Nations attendees to unity, and a collective agreement to change how we use our resources.
“If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we can all do together,” Grunberg states. “You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, that burden that you leave to us children.”
She goes on to address the role that the wealthy play in climate change, such as large corporations seeking global power simply from a race for oil.
“Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money,” Thunberg said. “Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity.”
She ends the speech by addressing that the system of which we live may need to be changed altogether, rather than finding small solutions at a time. “If solutions within this system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.” While Thunberg recognizes that the changing of a system takes time, the effort is critical to the sustenance of our planet Earth.
Greta Thunberg, only 15 years old, has already made enormous progress in the way we approach climate change. She has contributed a strong voice to the climate change crisis, and that voice is one of significant importance. She is representing a large portion of the youth community and insisting that our voice is heard, inspiring millions of teenagers all over the world to ignite change.