A climate activist campaigns and supports positive change in regards to the global climate crisis. He/she also leads wholesome discussions, spreads awareness and motivates others to take appropriate action.
At present, many young people are contributing to this social cause. What they are doing is simply noble because in reality, it’s not the young people who are the cause of climate change but many of them are still doing everything in their power to improve the current situation.
‘Climate change’ as a term on its own is scary and troubling. Its meaning invites more fear into the hearts of those who understand the dire consequences.
RECAP: ‘Climate change’ occurs when greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane are emitted from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, etc.). As a result, the gasses become trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere and heat it, thus disrupting the weather patterns in all kinds of ways.
The situation has worsened since the Industrial Revolution and to add insult to injury, it’s a man-made disaster.
Therefore, it’s imperative to read about and become inspired by youth climate activists who have risen as the voice of reason at such tender ages.
1. Tahsin Uddin
A 22-year old climate activist from Bangladesh who fully understands the unfair impacts of climate change on vulnerable groups of people in his country.
He promotes cycling as an eco-friendly vehicle, plants trees and organizes clean-ups.
2. Russell Raymond
A 17-year old reporter from the Caribbean nation of Dominica whose motivation to combat climate change rises from a personal experience.
When Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017, he was devastated to see the state of the island he once called home.
Hence, he used photography as a medium to capture grief and highlight the fatal effects of the crisis.
3. Mitzi Jonelle Tan
Mitzi belongs to Manila, Philippines and ardently campaigns for ‘climate justice’ – a term that I came across a short while ago.
Her fight against climate change can also be attributed to a personally-lived experience. Which happens to be the two back-to-back hurricanes that hit the Philippines in 2020.
During this difficult time, she and her organization made it a mission to feed the hungry, ask them in-depth questions about how the storm had impacted them and help them in every way possible.
4. Greta Thunberg
Perhaps, I saved the most infamous climate campaigner for the last.
She is the 15-year old girl who protested outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.
While holding a sign that said “School Strike for Climate”, she demanded that the government meet its carbon emissions targets.
Her small act led to big changes around the world. Students from the UK to Japan emulated her driven actions.
She was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism.
Her most heroic act which inspires me is when she sailed the Atlantic in a solar-powered yacht to attend a UN conference in New York.
At the end of the day, we cannot measure a youth climate activist by the number of achievements but by the sentiment with which they promote climate awareness and justice.
So, if you were looking for a sign to build a cleaner and greener world, this blog is it.