This article—written by Emily Prest, spring 2022 Collaborative for Global Children's Issues student fellow, in collaboration with Dr. Joan Lombardi, senior fellow at the collaborative, for the Earth Commons' publication Common Home—emphasizes the importance of considering and involving children and youth voices in the fight against climate change.
Safeguarding the Future Generation
When it comes to climate awareness and advocacy, the voices of our children should not be dismissed, but rather amplified. These children have traded their naivety as our world falls victim to a changing climate, trying to fill the gap that policymakers across the globe are failing to properly address. Protecting them is, at the most basic level, a moral obligation—and one we are falling short at fulfilling.