When did kids become so smart?
For months they’ve been stepping out of school and charging the streets with signs at hand. Not to convince people that climate change is real. (That’s a given.) They’re marching to demand that global leaders act on climate before it’s too late
After all, their future is on the line.
We’re already seeing the effects of rising global temperatures – from severe heatwaves to an uptick in tropical diseases. If adults continue to stumble on solutions, the next generation will live in an even warmer and harsher planet.
Understandably, young people are not staying silent. They’re creating a buzz for climate action – both online and offline. To keep up with the conversation, we’ve created a list of 20 young activists on Twitter.
We’ve highlighted four of them below – but make sure to read on for the full list!
At first glance, Greta Thunberg looks like a normal 15-year-old – blue sneakers, long side braids, and a chunky backpack. But let us tell you, there’s nothing ordinary about her. The young activist has inspired an entire generation to stand up for climate action. The resulting movement, Fridays for Future, has brought a much-needed sense of urgency to the conversations around climate change. Follow Greta on Twitter to see what she’s up to. (Spoiler: She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize).
On the train to the EU Parliament, the Italian Senate, the Vatican and House of Parliament during the Easter holiday. And on Friday I’ll participate in the school strike in Rome. I know it’s a holiday but since the climate crisis doesn’t go on vacation nor will we.#Climatestrike pic.twitter.com/b1dBcSYBxb
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) April 14, 2019
Jerome Foster II
He may be young, but Jerome Foster II is a powerful voice in the digital world. The 16-year-old is an active supporter of climate action, environmental justice, and civil rights on social media. He also co-founded The Climate Reporter, a blog where climate activists can share news, personal stories, campaigns, and events. He was part of the youth panel at our recent Atlanta Climate Reality Leadership Corps training– and we haven’t been able to look away from his Twitter feed ever since.
Hi, my name is Jerome Foster II, I am a climate change activist. I am the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Climate Reporter. I am an intern for Congressman John Lewis, a Climate Reality Leader and member of Zero Hour.
Quote this tweet telling me who you are.
— Jerome Foster II (@JeromeFosterII) April 5, 2019
Activist Jamie Margolin was shocked by the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and appalled by the inadequate response to the victims. Her anger motivated her to launch This is Zero Hour, propelling a new wave of youth climate activism across the globe. A self-proclaimed “proud Hispanic lesbian,” the 17-year-old has since become a leading voice for climate justice on Twitter. (Did we mention Jamie is a Climate Reality Leader? We’re so proud!)
— Jamie Margolin (@Jamie_Margolin) March 25, 2019
It’s hard to ignore climate change when your country is experiencing prolonged drought, desertification, food insecurity, and economic instability. The harsh impacts of the climate crisis in Uganda have driven students to speak up for urgent change. Among them is 14-year-old organizer Leah Namugerwa, who has inspired the entire world thanks to her tweets. In her own words: “I am too young to vote but I’m not too young to make a positive difference.”
Government has blocked our #ClimateStrike for tomorrow yet we wrote to them in time & followed all procedures. In Uganda one needs to be cleared by police before doing any public event of more than 20 people. I am sad but I won't give up. We'll do to it our way @GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/uJ5cERySrw
— Leah Namugerwa (@NamugerwaLeah) March 14, 2019
Here’s the full list * of our favorite young climate activists to follow on Twitter with their bios (in no particular order – they all have a place in our hearts):
16 year old climate activist with Asperger
Intern for @RepJohnLewis • Founder of The Climate Reporter @ReportOnClimate and TAU VR • #ReportOnClimate • he/him/his • Environmental Activist • DMs Open
Founder of @thisiszerohour • author • Colombiana • #ClimateJustice Activist & Organizer • student • Future POTUS • @youthvgov • #glg
14 Y.O #ClimateChange activist and #FridaysForFuture striker with @Fridays4FutureU #KeepMamaAfricaGreen
Young climate activist and passionate writer
Co Executive Director of @USclimatestrike • Organizer, Activist, Speaker • 13 • She/Her • /mom
Un día tomándome un cafecito en Quindío decidí levantarme a luchar por el país, ¡para volver a disfrutar del café colombiano con más tranquilidad!
8. Lily Levin
good trouble. she/her. blm.
Young genderqueer climate activist fighting for an inhabitable future. (They/She)
10. isra hirsi
is your activism intersectional? || @mnhsdemocrats || @mncantwait || @mfolmn ||co exec director @usclimatestrike || she/her
11. Sachin Thapa
G R E E N I E Climate Nerd @commonh050 Environmental Justice #SDG13 Keep Hope Alive!
12. anna grace
16yeard old youth climate activist | Friday’s for future mn | mn can’t wait | us climate strikes | climate queens co founder
13 year old #ClimateJustice Activist & Organizer. Latina. She/her. Text YOUTH to 917-310-5275. DM's open.
Let’s do all we can to make the world a better place | @usclimatestrike Hawai’i State Lead | *insert rest of brag list here*
15. Nadia Nazar
Artist & Environmentalist Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director, & Art Director of @ThisIsZeroHour #ThisIsZeroHour I like blue whales she/her
16. Robin Jullian
16 years old, developer and climate activist with Asperger. I'm a dreamer who work hard to save the world Co-Founder of @positron_net #FridaysForFuture
9 y.o. New Yorker striking for climate at NYCityHall #FridaysForFuture media inquiries: http://bit.ly/zaynecowie (account managed by mom)
18. Katie Hodgetts
Environmental activist : @ukycc / Bristol youth strike @bristolys4c | Tweets about climate change, politics and general sunshine
19. Ian Price
I’m 11yo. I know climate change is real. I #climatestrike Fridays, since Dec 14. You adults need to stop using fossil fuels. deniers and trolls will be blocked
15 year old Australian climate activist, Lead Organiser/International Partnerships for School Strike 4 Climate Instagram- jeanlola.h @strikeclimate #stopadani
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