We risk losing credibility with young people if we cannot take action in support of the defining cause of their generation
Sometimes it’s the students who teach. This week, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City in a zero-emissions yacht, en route to the United Nations climate change summit. The purpose of the trip? Let’s call it a teachable moment.
Over the past year, Greta and more than 2 million teens around the world have led school strikes for climate justice, demanding that their leaders end the age of fossil fuels. Now these young people have declared 20 September 2019 a historic day for a global climate strike by all people, young and old.
Jonathan Isham is a professor of economics and environmental studies at Middlebury College. Lee Smithey is a professor of peace and conflict studies and sociology at Swarthmore College