Experts say that in order to limit Earth’s warming and the worst effects of climate change, we need to act fast. Many countries will have to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To do that, governments and businesses will need to make changes that limit pollution and switch to renewable energy.
Many students want to make sure these big changes happen. That’s why they have joined youth movements that speak out about climate change. One of the leaders of these efforts is Greta Thunberg, from Sweden. She began protesting outside government offices in August 2018, when she was 15. Today, she regularly speaks to world leaders. She asks them to listen to scientists and pass laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Greta has inspired others to take action to protect the planet. Last year, Alexandria Villaseñor launched an organization called Earth Uprising. The group educates young people about climate change and how they can make a difference.
In India, 12-year-old Ridhima Pandey is suing the government for failing to take steps to address climate change. She wants leaders to enforce laws that protect forests and limit air pollution. “I want to save my future,” says Ridhima.