The Hope Of Our Future
A few weeks ago, on 15th February, around 15,000 pupils from across the UK went ‘on strike’. More precisely, they walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.
Influenced by Greta Thunberg, aged 15, who skipped class to sit outside her government in protest – it demonstrates the anger and solidarity among the youth of today.
Placards like: ‘can’t go to school if it’s underwater’, hint at the reason behind this anger. Climate change most impacts younger generations. We are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of it. It is our future which is at stake.
As one student protester put it: ‘The youth of our time tend to get pushed to one side. We often stay quiet but when it comes to climate change we are going to have to pay for the older generation's mistakes.’
These 15,000 pupils have shown that they will no longer stay quiet or be pushed to one side. Instead they have forced themselves centre stage in the debate – compelling the press and MPs to take them seriously.
It’s that passion and anger which we need to harness. We simply have to take responsibility for shaping our own future. We need to talk to each other, and get others talking too.
Silence is no longer an option.
That’s why we’re hosting events like our upcoming Holy Hacktivists 2.0 - to bring young Christians together to discuss climate campaigning. We need to come together to seek solutions, build on ideas and plan for the future.
Younger generations aren’t only our future, they’re our present. We are here. Together, we have the power to make people sit up and listen.
The future is ours. Let’s take it, whilst we still can.