Last hope for the climate
While such initiatives give young people a voice, is it being heard? Several Youth4Climate delegates claimed that its organizers were not interested in their ideas, with some of the young delegates showing their disillusionment by leaving the last day’s meeting. Activist Martina Comparelli accused political leaders of washing young people – using young activists to legitimize their commitments. In her Youth4Climate speech, Greta Thunberg said that politicians pretend to simply listen to young people, describing their various climate commitments as âblah, blah, blahâ and adding that âOur hopes and dreams are drowning in their empty promisesâ. As she said: “We can no longer let the people in power decide what hope is … Hope is not blah, blah, blah … Hope comes to pass. ‘action. And hope always comes from the people.
The climate crisis is already threatening our well-being. With their passion and willingness to make radical changes in the way we live and structure our systems, young people are leading the way, and politicians must heed if we are to protect planetary and human health.
Posted: 03 November 2021
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