Many of the world’s most high profile and well-known environmental activists are under the age of 18.
Yes, we all know about Greta Thunberg, but there are dozens more across the world who are making difference.
Lilly Platt is a British-born Dutch environmentalist. At just 13, Lily is known for going on peaceful strikes to voice out environmental concerns. She is the Global Ambassador of YouthMundus, Earth.org, and WODI; youth ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition and How Global; and child ambassador for the World Cleanup Day (source of information, Global Shakers).
There are many more young activists all over the world. This talks about Lilly Platt along with a selection of other global activists.
Secondary schools across County Durham are also doing their bit to raise awareness of climate change and the need for us all to do our bit. Many are involved with a new Climate Conference in October 2021– a huge range of resources and films have been created for this by OASES and Durham University.
In addition, other opportunities for 11-18-year-olds include:
- County Durham Single Use Plastic Pledge and Campaign – a wide partnership working together to reduce the use of single use plastic. Please pledge your support
- County Durham Youth Council – it has specific environment subgroup that provided feedback and analysis from young people across the County and is a great way to share with other like-minded people.
- UK Student Climate Network – are a national organisation supporting young people across the country and part of the Teach the Future You can sign up and pledge
- Let’s Go Zero -national campaign to encourage the government to invest in education buildings to make the education sector net zero by 2030. We are supporting this campaign