Age-Grouped Perspectives: Adult Involvement In Youth Climate Activities

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In the tides of mass protests around the world these days, we can notice that young people around the world are getting united in taking collective action to address climate change. Despite the decline of environmental activities, young people's activities have led the way in recent years. Its crux is what youth are cited as a youth climate movement that publishes progressive criticism of their perspectives on predominant political and social order.

To hear their demands, climate activists are using a wide variety of protest strategies. Their strategies range from soliciting and exposing government and corporate climate saboteurism to arranging global protests and speaking in front of world leaders at high-profile events such as the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. Most groups also promote civil inconsisfency through mass school and work strikes, and some people get messages using nonviolent feedforward approaches such as disability and lock-in.

The current youth climate movement was sparked by Swedish youth activist Greta Tumberg. Greta's first school strike took place in August 2018, when the then 15-year-old decided not to go to school with other youth activists and instead sit in front of the Swedish Parliament to raise awareness of climate change. With the help of social media, their first three weeks of strikes have regained momentum, inspired the new youth movement and resulted in huge numbers of strikes and protests around the world. Just a month later, in September 2018, more than 7.5 million people around the world laid off going to work or school and instead gathered to strike for the climate.

Adult Involvement in Youth Climate Activism:

The climate movement of young people and its related groups are legitimately distinguished, led by young people. But this does not mean that adults are absent from those groups or adults do not have a place in or around them. Even Greta Tumberg asks adults for support from an adult perspective. For example, she acknowledges that the original idea of the school strike was inspired by her involvement in a youth climate group run by Swedish activist Bo Thoren.

Youth climate groups act primarily autonomously, as reflected in the organizational structure of the group, which describes themselves as "student-led organizations," but they too are not completely independent of adult support and guidance. For example, the UK SCN has published an online adult ally guide that supports and advises adults who want to be involved with these types of groups. The document has a section called "Guiding Young People," outlining that "youth strikes for climate are led by young people and their voices and perspectives center on their movements." But youth climate strikers reach out to adults as they regularly seek adults to divulge their perspectives in tackling climate change and systemic injustice.

The Role of Adults in Facilitating the Participation and Empowerment of Young Activists:

In the 1980s, young people and adults working informally began to shift their focus to youth participation in the decision-making process. This right was firmly rooted in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of the 1992 in order for young people to participate in the decision-making process and to protect their perspective on the Global crisis. "The parties must guarantee children who can form their views the right to freely express them in all matters affecting them," it outlines.

Many key adults also provided specific help within youth-led climate groups and often assisted young people by helping with practical tasks. In their experience, adults know how to formally phras and write things. Sometimes adults manage all their finances and also help some outstrips. At other times, adults provide transportation, keep in touch with police and act as janitor in protest marches. This allowed young people to focus on campaign instructions, action plans and the implementation of strikes and protests. Adult involvement clearly contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the group.

Latent Problems in Young-Adult Partnership:

However, youth participation is controversial and there can clearly be clashes of perspectives due to the lack of a common understanding of age group perspectives across various institutions and practice areas. Adults must remember that adults are a youth-driven group established and driven by motivated young people who have their own perspective, are inspired to make a difference, are encouraged and supported in this process and need to be in the driver's seat where they choose.

This year, cop26 is the moment to reset and start building better. As key stakeholders, young people around the world are self-organizing, disrupting and creating movements that promote collective global action and support their views and perspectives in front of global leaders. All of these ambitions underscore that the climate movement should not be regarded as a single issue campaign, and that the demands of these groups show a broader understanding and understanding of the perspective of a variant of social and climate injustice.

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  • katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
    13 Oct 2021

    This is a fantastic post, caring_cloud! And it starts a very interesting conversation about how different people might be able to work together to slow climate change. Do you think there should be any rules for adults when they support young people to speak out?

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