5 Gen Z Activists Making a Climate Positive Impact
It's no surprise Gen Z is making waves in the technological, business, and environmental world. Gen Z activists are known for being driven, hardworking, and determined to make a change - this particular generation stands out in the fight against climate change.
Young innovators and activists are our future; they contribute a unique perspective to the world of sustainability. Keep reading for our top picks of exceptional activists.
1. Greta Thunberg
Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard of Greta Thunberg, a 17-year old from Sweden. Greta gained attention in 2018 when she left school early to condemn the Swedish parliament’s weak environmental efforts and has been steadily gaining traction ever since. She has spoken at several world summits, including the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second consecutive year and was listed as Time Magazine’s Person of The Year in 2019.
2. Isra Hirsi
Isra Hirsi, 18-year old daughter of U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, has recently emerged into the world of climate activism. Inspired by Greta Thunberg's efforts and motivated by the water crisis injustice in Flint, Michigan. There is certainly something to be said here about a powerful mother-daughter duo that fights for American citizens' rights and the environment.
3. Autumn Peltier
Autumn Peltier is a 17-year old Canadian Indigenous human rights activist advocating for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities across the country. She has spoken at the United Nations and even confronted Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, regarding environmental issues and the particular hardships faced by Indigenous communities due to the climate crisis.
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4. Jamie Margolin
Jamie Margolin is a 19-year old climate activist from Washington state responsible for creating Zero Hour, an environmental organization with a mission of involving people of all backgrounds and demographics in the fight against climate change. In 2018, she sued the state of Washington over greenhouse gas emissions, claiming that lack of action by the former administration was responsible for denying the youth hope (and the constitutional right) for a better future.
5. Dylan D’Haeze
There are plenty of ways to advocate for the Earth, and Dylan D’Haeze is doing so through an educational film series called, Kids Can Save the Planet. The documentary series takes on an educational stance by showcasing how everyone is capable of making a significant difference in the world. Dylan’s main goal is to discover where plastic goes when we throw it away. His work has inspired the creation of several other films aimed at helping viewers reduce their waste and become more conscious of their daily choices.
The younger generation is ready to take on the fight against climate change and feels a personal connection to preserving the Earth for future generations to come. Generation Z is a group of inspired individuals who are taking their frustrations and turning them into action. May these lessons teach, inspire, and motivate you to make changes in your own community; the Earth is counting on heroes of all ages to turn the climate crisis around.
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Article by Impact Snacks Contributor, Rebecca Erlich