Every Single Second Counts Before Everything is Gone

Emersonn Palencia, Reporter

Innumerable protests guided by teenagers who want to fight against climate change have taken place across the world. They want the governments and everyone to do something to fix our climate before it’s too late. 

Recently, the world witnessed youth activists fighting against a massive dilemma regarding climate change. Not only is climate change a problem, but also, these youth activists have to acquire their politician’s attention to do something quickly. Teenagers are worried about the horrible consequences of the release of CO2 to the atmosphere. 

In the past few days, a teenage activist became well known for her interest in making changes in our world happen. The name of this girl is Greta Thunberg. She is 16 years old. She has been recognized for her strong behavior when talking about climate change. Greta Thunberg is from Sweden and became the face of climate change. The goals of this teenager are to tell people to try to do something to fix climate change. 

 Also, Thunberg led the biggest climate change strike in the history of climate-activism, which included an estimated 4 million people across 161 countries. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg said at the UN Climate Action.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an Earth Guardian Youth Director (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’). Recently, Martinez turned 19. Furthermore, he is a native climate activist, hip hop artist, and influential voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. Martinez began speaking around the world at the age of six. In Rio de Janeiro, he began to speak in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20, addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York City. He has been working locally to get pesticides out of fields and parks, and coal. Principally, he is the lead plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government, claiming they are failing to protect the atmosphere for future generations.

These are only two examples of the many teenagers that are fighting against climate change.  They are leading strikes and protest to try to do something to fix our ecosystems. They remind the public that everybody should take a stand to make a change in our society because the new generation will be the most affected. Even small changes count.


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