WHY ARE GIRLS ACTIVISTS?

WE WANT OUR FUTURE BACK: WHY GIRL ACTIVISTS ARE LEADING THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT.

According to “Women’s Agenda”…

The future used to be full of possibilities for young people. Now it scares us. Will we still have enjoyable summers? The wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Amazon rainforest? Or will we suffer unbearable heat waves, famines and disasters?

Right now, we face a climate crisis and our future could go either way. But the people in power aren’t acting like there’s a crisis. That’s why young people around the world are mobilising on mass to take matters into their own hands.Why girls like Greta have stepped up to lead the climate movement. We’re advocating for the future because ‘those in charge’ have left it up to us.

Because the world is hurtling towards a future of catastrophic climate change. By 2030, the World Bank predicts extreme weather events and the devastating impacts on agriculture, health and labour, are predicted to push 100 million people back into poverty.

What’s more, girls and women are systematically excluded from climate change discussions and decision making around the world. In 2015, an IUCN report found women made up just 12% of the heads of 881 national environmental sector ministries.

ELIZABETH PAYNE, CARLA SIECK & SHAMSIYA HUSSAINPOOR

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