Perspectives & Context
The disarming case to act right now on climate change
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg says. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.”
Emma Gonzalez's powerful March for Our Lives speech in 2018
Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez – who had been a leading voice immediately after the attack on her school – took to the stage in Washington DC for six minutes and 20 seconds, much of that in silence. She says it was the amount of time it took a shooter to kill 17 people at her school in Florida in 2018.
#FreeInterrail - A Vision of a Europe for All | Vincent-Immanuel Herr | TEDxOTHRegensburg
Vincent is co-initiator of the #Freeinterrail idea and the campaign of the same name, which plans to gift each adolescent in the EU with a coupon to an interrail-ticket at the date of his or her 18th birthday. Shortly after the first ever publication of the #freeinterrail idea in June 2015 it drew the attention of several European newspapers and institutions and just two months later they were allowed to present the idea to the vice president of the EU comission, Kristalina Georgieva.
Youth realizing the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs
Almost half the world’s population is under 30 years old but youth represent less than 2 percent of all lawmakers. Young people are twice as networked as others and can use their potential to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Today’s young people are raising their voices for equality, empowerment and the opportunities they need to help create a better future for all.
How to become a youth activist
If you are planning on starting your own campaign, start with some advices from Nohelia on how to become a youth activist.
Social media campaign guide
Kim and Maya, young activists show you how to use the power of social media for your campaigns.
Get support from your local government
Abigail gives you some tips on how to get your local government to listen.
Get inspired by the campaign of Gulalai
Gulalai Ismail leads a network of educators in Pakistan which has helped 10,000 young people at risk of radicalization to build peaceful communities.
Be The Hero - help STOP bullying
A story about young people who wanted to #upstand and give a voice to people who have been bullied before and raise awareness that bullying does actually happen.