Get Inspired By These Child Activists and Do Your Bit To Combat Climate Change
For the past three decades, environmental activists have been demanding political leaders and governments across the globe to take serious actions against the emission of greenhouse gases to evade calamitous climate change. The world has just a little more than a decade to reduce greenhouse gas emission in half – an intimidating task that would need a complete conversion of the global economy, as per the United Nations.
Up until now, even as the effects of climate change become more evident with each passing year – wildfires mounting to new extremes, storms, and floods plunging coastlines more than ever, and droughts distressing critical sources of water – the consumption of fossil fuel continues to rise.
But for the Gen Z activists whose future relies on the overhaul of the world economy, which is still severely dependent on fossil fuels, there’s no choice than to fight for change – and they’re ensuring that businesses, governments, and other influential personalities everywhere understand the consequences of inaction.
We’ve chosen 6 such environmental activists fighting against climate change, one step at a time.
Meet the Troop of Climate Commanders
- Ridhima Pandey | India
Most of us spend our childhood playing outside, but the 11-year-old Ridhima Pandey has different goals, and by now, is a veteran campaigner. At the time when the world had woken up to realize the effects of climate change and plastic pollution, Pandey, back at the age of 9, was busy fighting a legal case against the Indian government over its failure to take action on climate change. Her ongoing lawsuit is a recipient of a larger legal movement to confront governments that have failed to pay heed to climate change. Pandey, in her lawsuit, called on the government to control greenhouse gas emissions, create a carbon budget strategy, and develop plans for recuperating from the effects of climate change.
- Isra Hirsi | USA
16-year-old Isra Hirsi first took a leap into climate justice during high school, when she had the chance to learn more about the environment and earth as a whole. With a passion for bringing about a change in the world, Hirsi joined Haven Coleman – the teen environmentalist – in co-founding the U.S. Youth Climate Strike. She is also a member of MC Can’t-Wait, a youth-led organization calling on the Minnesota government to take immediate action.
- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | USA
While Xiuhtezcatl started advocating environmental issues at just the age of 6, he is now the author of the book We Rise, youth director of Earth Guardians, and an indigenous activist as well as a 19-year-old hip-hop artist working towards protecting the earth. He has gained global recognition for standing head-on against the US government to confront their lack of action on climate change.
- Luisa Neubauer | Germany
You wouldn’t find a better female role model than the 23-year-old Luisa Neubauer of Germany. Calm and poised, the young activist is a geography student and member of the German environmentalist Green Party, and for a year, she has been leading the “Fridays for Future” climate prevention rallies as its German face. Neubauer is an active member of climate organizations such as 350.org and frequently advocates for climate action at a global level.
- India Logan-Riley | New Zealand
The youth activist and member of Te Ara Whatu, India Logan-Riley is fighting to improve the rights of the indigenous people, who have never failed to be in the vanguard of environmental causes across the world. She’s communicated her message to the United Nations at the first indigenous youth delegation at the UN Climate Change Conference 2017. She continues to serve as a conservationist and an activist in her native Aotearoa, a Maori name for New Zealand.
- Greta Thunberg | Sweden
The 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has become a leading global environmental activist in recent times through her regular “Friday for Future” protests. This list will be incomplete without Thunberg who started a solo protest on climate change against the government in 2018. Her initiative has now become a global movement with more than 4 million participants from different corners of the world.
Simple Things WE can do to Combat Climate Change
While scientists, environmentalists, and advocates agree massive actions and transformations are needed to prevent climate changes, simple steps at the individual level can prove to be equally beneficial to some extent. Here are 5 things we can do to help fight climate change:
- Unite for swift climate action
- Use energy wisely – and your money too!
- Ditch meat and adopt a vegan/plant-based diet
- Start climate conversations
- Try Green commuting
Lastly, don’t wait, don’t stop until leaders and politicians take actions. It is a great idea to start your own initiative or do these little things to combat climate change!
Akanksha Shukla is a content strategist, writer by the day and reader by the night- all with the trusted companionship of coffee!