Lizzie And Nadine Support The #schoolstrike4climate Youth Climate Strikes
Lizzie Swanson, EML USA
I think the movement is very great and way overdue. It's both frustrating and energising to be young today. Too often, our voices are drowned out by those who say we are too young to understand. But ironically, we will have to fix the mistakes of older generations who didn't know better! At the same time, it’s exciting that young people are taking action. We are a socially aware, tolerant generation. The fact that it is starting from an act of commitment by a 15-year-old shows how much this current generation is demanding change, and will only be heard through collective action and with a unified voice.
A lot of terminal damage has already been done to our planet. The future will depend on what both governments and private companies will do. Right now, there isn’t enough pressure on industrial polluters. We need a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, sustainable agriculture, holding corporations to account, more renewable resource investment, support for science, and *cough cough* electing officials who care about the environment! Both individuals and corporations must reduce their carbon footprints. We need both top-down and bottom-up solutions.
One of the most incredible photographers, JR, is a huge inspiration for and promotor of social good. He has taken part in spreading awareness through his work for countless causes.
To criticize students for taking part in a global protest to protect our planet rather than be in a classroom for one day is ridiculous. Education is obviously very important, but learning about the extent of the damage to the environment has inspired a generation. Knowledge without action helps no one. This strike is shows education matters!
To all the kids who are on strike, I want them to know that they are the leaders! Rather than leaving the responsibilities to future generations, they are the ones demanding change for a better future for generations to come. I want them to know how powerful their voices are, regardless of age. Unfortunately, many of those in power today are taking steps in the wrong direction. The protestors are the concerned youth who will better this Earth rather than add to the destruction.
Nadine Ammeraal, EML Netherlands
The Strike 4 Climate demonstrations are a good opportunity to show the governments how many people are going on the streets to speak out about why they are mad, worried or sad about climate change.
We are visitors on this planet, we need to take care of it and be nice to the world, and to each other. But right now, we are only using the planet, taking everything we can and not thinking about the future. If everybody worries a little bit more about how they treat the world, and each other, it will get better! Ordinary people can recycle their waste, big companies can use paper bottles and cups instead of plastic. We need to consume less animal products, this already helps the world because the dairy and meat industries are causing a lot of damage. Take shorter showers and cycle where you can. The little things can make a big difference!
If I was a school student today, I would definitely be on the strike! What is a bigger lesson for children to stand up for their rights and for the planet where they need to live on the rest of their life? The kids who are getting involved with climate change action show us all that you are never too young, or too small, to make a difference, and that people can have a powerful voice when they organise together. To all the kids out there on strike, I say: take care, and use your voice as loudly as you can! I hope they inspire people to appreciate what we have on this planet. I am proud of the kids that show their love for the world around them, and brains for their future! I hope my own children will grow up in a better world than this.