WorldView Good Reads: Young Climate Activists, Part 1
Published: November 10, 2021
Young climate activists have been getting a lot of attention in the press lately.
As climate talks at the COP26 wind down, here are a few notable good reads from the month that draw attention to the urgency of climate action and growing concern about the heavy toll that climate anxiety and uncertain futures is having on global youth. Meanwhile, young activists say that the sacrifices they are making in exchange for their futures are being exchanged for platitudes, empty praise and inaction, while attention to activist voices from the Global South, where climate disasters are impacting populations with increasing intensity, is largely nonexistent. We hope that this month’s Good Reads push past the paralysis of existential fear and once more raise the questions: If not now, when? If not us, then who?
Young people are shouldering responsibility for the actions of their ancestors.
- On present-day earth, virtually every child on the planet is exposed to at least one climate or environmental hazard: This Is the World Being Left to Us by Adults.
- Landmark case brought by Greta Thunberg and young climate activists rejected by UN children's rights group; the next recourse of filing in national courts could be a drawn-out five-year process.
- Greta Thunberg Has Given Up on Politicians, but humanity has not yet failed.
- Generation Climate: How the crisis made young people the adults in the room - “We can’t turn away from this.”
Young people (and young activists) are facing sacrifice, stress and disillusionment.
- Young people are key to impacting the climate crisis; Friday’s COP26 theme is youth and public empowerment. Here’s what you need to know.
- COP26 youth march: 'We don't have a choice' say some activists, who are giving up educational and career opportunities to become full time activists.
- "Dear Future Children" is a film that follows the lives of three young women weighing personal risk against the fight to make conditions better for future children.
- Don’t Let Youth Climate Activists Like Me Burn Out - disillusionment and inaction are dangerous forces.
- Climate depression is real. And it is spreading fast among our youth.