Role of Young People in the Fight Against Climate Change

Planetary Boundaries (Steffen et al., 2015)

Why youth engagement is crucial in the fight against Climate Change?

Youth is Everywhere. Accounting for half of the world’s population, youth is deeply rooted inside any system, local or global. From the labor force to high-risk investment markets, youth is there. Young man and woman are everyday trying to build their lives and a better future, for themselves and their kind. More than ever, that goal passes through finding solutions to tackle climate change, and the fact that youth is in every sector of society, gives us an opportunity to bring that topic to all corners.

Protesters take photos and videos with cell phones during Arab Spring protests in Egypt. (Ramy Raoof via Wikimedia Commons)

A singular objective: The Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (via Global Goals)

I am young. How can I help?

Speak up. Share the numbers. Spread the science. The speech about Climate Change and environmental impacts have to reach all corners of society. Bring those topics to your conversations with friends, family, coworkers, partners, etc. Someone is using a plastic straw? Explain to them why they shouldn’t. You are close contact with kids? Teach them about the relation between deforestation, soil erosion and water scarcity. Going on a hike? Make sure to drop on or two lines about how that environment might change in 50 years. You are not a nerd or a show-off if you do so. (Relevant) Information has to go around, now more than ever.

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Thales Dantas

Thales Dantas

Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering (UFSC). Member of the WEF Global Shapers Community Sustainaiblity and Circular Economy specialist.