Always blamed for the issues in our world but shamed when we try to take action.
Consistently told we are lazy but ridiculed when news stories cause us to have a reaction
Titled as the technological generation, millennials, caught up within our own selves that we fail to acknowledge society,
But any positive use of social media to produce change is belittled unjustifiably.
We are told we are too young, too naïve, unable to make a difference,
But then when we don’t do anything the world labels us ignorant.
World leaders condemn the behaviour of students protesting climate change,
They implore students to stay in school and mindlessly learn information with no practical application,
However, what they don’t realise is that youth protests are education in practice.
Students utilising the knowledge they have learnt at school, through social media and the internet to pursue their beliefs,
To condemn the use of plastic, encourage decision-makers to legislate change before our planet is deceased.
Climate protests highlight the power of youth, joining together as one body to fight for our planet,
Understanding the consequences of inaction could create havoc,
And continuing to pursue their passion despite the disapproval of leaders in our world.
So the question begs, what do you expect from youth?
Apathetic teens consumed by their screens or engaged adolescents determined to make a scene?
Unmotivated individuals clueless with the world around them or passionate leaders eager to work towards creating change?
You see, we are not the causes of our climate crisis, but we are the bearers.
We are the generation who have always known a world of severe natural disasters and global heating.
We are the generation who have to solve this crisis.
I am the last person to advocate for mass protests, but when youth are denied the opportunity to address their concerns, there is no alternative.
So let our voice be heard.
There is no longer the argument of whether climate change is real,
There is now only a discussion of how we can solve the problem.
Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspiring woman, dedicated to the advancement of civil rights for African Americans.
She stated, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practises so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
The youth are here, and youth have power.
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest individual ever to receive the Nobel Prize for her pursuit of education for women.
Louis Braille, a young man who invented a global system to help blind people to write and read quickly.
Just two countless examples of the power of youth to create change in our world when they are given the opportunity to put their education into practice.
Now is the time to work together, to destroy the unspoken barrier between the ‘adults’ and the ‘youth’,
To seek to solve the issues in our world as one group of people, humanity.