Support continued civic action and youth participation

The collective action of young people helps to raise the profile on important issues and empowers others to get involved. The skills students learn outside of the classroom are equally, or in many cases, even more important than what they learn inside the classroom. It's great to see these students taking an active role and participating in democractic engagement, and their advocacy is pushing the public, media and lawmakers to take notice. 

It would be great to see more workshops and events ask students for their opinions and what changes they want to see. The ideas and thoughts shared in the videos highlights how having diverse perspectives makes for a richer conversation. A collective platform for students to have conversations with other students, across their local schools and areas, would also build networking, communication and debate skills. Furthermore, finding out what additional climate/environmental information students want to learn or advocate for can help build curriculum plans and enrich students' education.

Engaged citizens is what drives change - and young people are leading the way. 

Why the contribution is important

Young people (and in fact all of us) are facing much uncertainty in the future, including climate and environmental issues, economic issues and societal change. Their voices are important as the decisions made today will affect their tomorrow.

by lauren on September 01, 2020 at 01:01PM

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  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 01, 2020 at 20:04

    "The collective action of young people" = skiving off school. Any kid would opt to slope off to a day out as opposed to doing "double maths". Youngsters are not "engaged", they're simply taking advantage of a soft option.

    "Engagement" could easily be tested by making virtue signalling events only available outside school time and qualifying participation by demonstrating commitment by, say, detoxing from internet usage for a week.

    This would soon see how many youth actually give a toss!
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