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‘They just talk’: Prince Charles understands Thunberg’s frustrations

By Michael Holden

Britain’s Prince Charles says he shares the concerns of Greta Thunberg and other environmental activists that world leaders “just talk” about climate change and were not doing enough to prevent its catastrophic impact.

10/11/21
                                                               

There’s Hope Along The Road To Fixing Climate Change

By Robert Kunzig Photo: Don Arnold

Not long ago Nature reported a disturbing study of the world’s youth—a survey of 10,000 people age 16 to 25, from 10 representative countries, for their feelings about climate change. Some 75 percent said the “future is frightening.” Fear was more common in poorer, more vulnerable countries—but according to the study, 46 percent of young Americans, and 56 percent of youth worldwide, think that “humanity is doomed.” (Pictured above, protesters during a Climate Change Awareness rally in Sydney.)

10/05/21
                                                               

Let youth have day in court over climate change

By Hollis Hill Photo: Robin Loznak / Our Children’s Trust

Washingtonians must face the hard truth: Climate change is happening, and if we do not change course, it will only get worse. As a former judge, I know it is critical that all three branches of government use every tool at their disposal to turn the tide. An incremental approach will not remedy the current crisis or protect future generations.

10/01/21
                                                               

Portland teen wins presidential award for climate work

By Jenny Hansson

Diseases like diabetes and obesity aren’t the first thing that most people think of when considering the health impacts of climate change. But they’re among a myriad of illnesses expected to worsen as global temperatures continue to warm. The World Health Organization expects about 250,000 will die every year between 2030 and 2050 due to increases in malaria, malnutrition, heat-related illnesses and diarrhea blamed on global warming.

09/30/21
                                                               

Greta Thunberg says world leaders’ talk on climate change is ‘blah blah blah’

By Jennifer Hassan

Swedish climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg denounced the world’s “so-called leaders” during a speech at Italy’s Youth4Climate summit on Tuesday, accusing politicians of failing to act on climate change and describing their promises as 30 years of “blah blah blah.”

09/29/21
                                                               

Youth Climate Activists Are Fed Up, and We Don’t Blame Them

By Mary Mazzoni

Hundreds of thousands of youth activists took to the streets for a global climate strike on Friday, including in New York City where leaders gathered for Climate Week and the U.N. General Assembly. Their message was simple: Stop stealing our future.

Considering today’s youth will live through three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, and nearly half of young people say fear about climate change impacts their daily lives, activism seems a natural antidote to festering concerns about an uncertain future. But as global climate negotiations fail to yield measurable results, youth activists sound increasingly fed up, and we can’t say we blame them.

09/29/21
                                                               

Children born today are likely to face seven times more extreme weather events than their grandparents

Photo: "Intergenerational inequities in exposure to climate extremes", by Wim Thiery et al. Science, Sep 2021

Extreme weather events are becoming much more common. This year in China, ferocious floods forced more than 1m to relocate; fires ravaged Greece all summer, blotting out the sun; heatwaves killed almost 700 people in Canada and 600 in America. Meanwhile, Russia reported the largest fires in its history, while Texas grappled with unprecedented snow. Record-shattering high temperatures have been recorded everywhere, from Spain to Siberia.

09/28/21
                                                               

Today’s youth will face ‘unmatched’ climate extremes compared to older generations

By Ayesha Tandon

People born in 2020 will have to face between two and seven times more extreme climate-related events over their lifetimes than people born in 1960, according to estimates from a new study.

09/27/21
                                                               

Greta Thunberg has spent three years raising the alarm on the climate crisis

By Simon Hattenstone Photo: Marcus Ohlsson

Greta Thunberg has made the ultimate sacrifice for the Guardian. She’s allowed us to turn her into a human oil spillage. The treacly black stuff is dripping from her hair, down her nose, past her cheeks on to her neck and shoulders. Down, down, down it drips. By the time we speak on Zoom, a day later, she has just about got herself cleaned up. Has she ever been covered in oil before? (It’s actually a mixture of non-toxic finger paint and olive oil.) “No,” she says.

09/25/21
                                                               

Young people’s climate anxiety revealed in landmark survey

By Tosin Thompson Photo: Richard Milnes

Climate change is causing distress, anger and other negative emotions in children and young people worldwide, a survey of thousands of 16- to 25-year-olds has found. This ‘eco-anxiety’ has a negative impact on respondents’ daily lives, say the researchers who conducted the survey, and is partly caused by the feeling that governments aren’t doing enough to avoid a climate catastrophe.

09/22/21