Melting glaciers. Rising seas. Devastating storms. Wildfires.
Children are well aware of the unfolding climate crisis — and they’re anxious about it. Given that climate change will exact its toll on future generations, they are also stepping up to try to stop it.
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl, has become the voice of her generation’s call to halt greenhouse-gas emissions. In the United States, children have brought lawsuits against federal and state governments for not acting to limit climate change. And millions of kids worldwide protested in September’s Global Climate Strike.
Lucy Collmer, 12, and her sister, Vivian, 9, of Vancouver were among them. Lucy had already heard about climate-related trouble, but she found a video in her middle-school science class about melting glaciers particularly upsetting.
“It scares me that’s happening at such a rapid pace because of what we’re doing,” she said.
“Sometimes when we talk about it, it seems like science fiction,” Vivian added. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to go to another planet.”