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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. 

A circle of students learn about plants, with a bank of solar cells behind them.
Villagers at Waldsee study environmental science
outside the Biohaus, the first certified Passive House
in the United States.

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.

Young people (and young activists) are facing sacrifice, stress and disillusionment. 

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