Students and their allies gathered on the steps of New York City’s City Hall with signs in hand and passion in their voices. “What do we want?” Jatnna Ramirez, Trainer at Global Kids, shouted. “Climate education!” the group responded. “When do we want it?”, Jatnna asked. “Now!” the group answered with conviction and cheers.
Even though there's still long road ahead of us to achieving a socially just, climate stable future, I'm confident that we youth will turn the tide. Just think about it: We're digital natives. We're hopeful, collaborative and creative. We dream big and don't take "impossible" for an answer.
“We can innovate our way to a better future” proclaimed EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on Monday: calling on Americans to tackle climate change. She issued this challenge while announcing a historic new proposal from the Obama Administration to reduce CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired power-plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
Judging by the results of the “National Online Survey of Millennial Adults – March/April 2014,” conducted by Harstad Strategic Research, youth are more than ready take on the challenge of climate change.
Shailee Samar is a senior at Monta Vista High School who wanted to end her high school environmental activism with a bang. She brought her Walk-One-Week (WOW) activity to 15 schools and has now created a fun mobile app called Enchanted Earth. ACE is inspired by her and looks forward to building on her successes by preparing the next climate leaders at her high school.
YouthCAN was initiated by students in the Boston Latin School environmental club who wanted to partner with neighboring environmental clubs to work together to green their schools. Their goal was to create a network where students, school administrators, public officials and local business professionals could collaborate towards a more sustainable Greater Boston Area.