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Generation Z Leads the Way on Climate Action

Youth in protest march, with the words "Youth-led call for climate action."
Written by Graffiti Girl

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”


It seems that teenagers will be the ones to “save the day” in terms of major political and social issues — including climate action. Why not?

  1. Adults are too frightened to lead the way. Opposition to a powerfully entrenched status quo has been known to attract punishment.
  2. Teenagers have little to lose, on the other hand, and everything to gain — like an actual future existence on Planet Earth!

Zero Hour Climate March

Mark your calendar. The nationwide Zero Hour Climate March is happening on July 21, 2018.

Generation Z — millennials’ younger brothers and sisters — are increasingly finding their voices in the Trump era, expanding media-savvy campaigns for racial equality and gun control to encompass climate change. A group of high school students are now planning a nationwide series of climate marches on July 21, when they will confront lawmakers in Washington, D.C., with a list of their demands for a livable climate.

~ Eric Holthaus

READ MORE: Meet the Teens Schooling Us on Climate | Grist

In case you’re wondering what Zero Hour is, exactly, take a glance at their mission statement:

The mission of the Zero Hour movement is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.

~ Zero Hour Mission Statement

Our teens carry the burden of saving the planet.

Let that sink in.

We adults must support the kids, as they fight for a viable future on Planet Earth. Together, we can do anything. Together, we can reduce the potential loss and/or punishment that is associated with speaking truth to power. Together, we have a better planet. Together, we are a better people.


Support Youth’s Future

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Graffiti Girl

Graffiti Girl (GG) is star curator at JoAnnChateau.com. She is progressive to the core, and also easily blown away by serendipity. (OK, GG is really JoAnn.) GG's posts signal that some great news or creative content from another website is worth your while to visit. Links to the original content are present.

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