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Kids fighting for the environment
Taking care of the Earth and providing a safe, clean place for future generations is not just for grown-ups - kids have to play a part too. You have voices, platforms, and the power to advocate for any change you wish to see in your world. More and more kids like you are standing up and speaking about environmental action and the need for better legislation on a global scale. Read the stories below to learn about youth activists who are fighting for a cleaner world.
What can you do - big or small - to help encourage change in your own community?
Peltier is a Canadian water activist who advocates for clean drinking water in First Nation communities and across Mother Earth. She comes from Wikwemikong First Nation/Manitoulin Island and is from Ojibway/Odawa heritage. Peltier has traveled far and wide to carry the message of the importance of clean water and the Sacredness of Water. She has spoken at the United Nations World Water Day on March 22, 2018, been honored by the Assembly of First Nations as a water protector, and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for World Water Week in August 2018, invited by the United Nations as a keynote speaker.
Check out Peltier in action below as she addresses the UN:
Villaseñor's fight for climate action was sparked when she was caught in a smoke cloud from the November 2018 Camp Fire in California during a family visit. Since December 14, 2018, she has skipped school every Friday in order to protest against the lack of climate action in front of the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. Villaseñor also founded the climate change education group Earth Uprising to organize for direct action and design a school curriculum, written by scientists, about climate change — with a slight twist: students will be distributing it to teachers rather than vice-versa.
Hirsi is an American environmental activist. She co-founded and serves as the co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, the American arm of a global youth climate change movement. Hirsi also coordinated the organization of hundreds of student-led strikes across the United States on March 15 and May 3, 2019. Hirsi won a Brower Youth Award for her climate activism.
Want to know more about what Hirsi is taking a stand for? Read the articles she wrote about being a youth activist below:
In 2017, at age 15, Margolin founded the youth climate action organization Zero Hour with Nadia Nazar. She serves as the co-executive director of the organization. Margolin co-founded Zero Hour in reaction to the response she saw after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and her personal experience during the 2017 Washington wildfires. She has garnered some notoriety as a plaintiff in the Aji P. v. Washington case, suing the state of Washington for their inaction against climate change on the basis of a stable climate being a human right.
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