Thunberg Inspires Climate Action (and Me)

It seems like the conversations concerning the current state of the environment quickly become frustrating arguments that always seem to run me dry of hope. It seems so unfair that a generation ridiculed for being glued to their screens is the same generation tasked to resolve our global climate crisis. 

As daunting as this task seems, students around the globe have answered the call. In the past year alone, we have seen a sixteen-year-old single-handedly mobilize thousands of students to boycott school on Fridays in an effort to demand climate action. Greta Thunberg started in front of Swedish Parliament in August of 2018, which gained her global media attention before the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September of this year. 

Thunberg was inspired by other student activists. I was inspired by Greta Thunberg. Her moving words have ushered in a new era of young leaders, joining her in the fight for climate action. The Hetchinger Report just came out today. It mentions other teenage activists, and Greta Thunberg. I hope they inspire you. Though teenagers, these activists speak with as much if not more, power, wisdom, and composure, than many world leaders do when speaking on the subject of climate action. 

The video above includes footage from the two climate marches I attended in Washington D.C. on September 13th and September 20th before the UN Climate Action Summit. The audio is an original song written by Ella with the Sunrise Movement, a climate change political advocacy non-profit.

These protests are an important step to making policy change. It directly ties to all of our futures, our future water resources, our future food security, the very things which allow humans to have a future on this planet.