Over the last few years, young activists have taken on the climate crisis with incredible energy and leadership. Yet, often the stories of those who paved the way and inspired young people to fight in the first place span the ages.
Throughout history, movements have exploded and then sometimes fizzled out. Often because there is no political grounding to back them up. So, ahead of the Youth Climate Strikes on 19 March, our guests shared their stories, the people and movements who inspired their work, and the hopes they hold for the future.
We were joined by Dzaier Neil, chair of the Disability Greens, Edward Gildea an educator and Green activist, Ria Patel, co-chair of the LGBTQIA+ Greens, and Lily Fitzgibbons, co-chair of the Young Greens.
The conversation focused on the importance of amplifying (and welcoming) a diversity of thought, the paradox of both the strength and vulnerability of the living world, creating solidarity through nuance … and the right to peaceful protest.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
- Jonathan suggests reading Gene Sharp’s three-part series on non-violent protest (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Lily and Ria both recommend Teach The Future
- Dzaier suggests the book, War on Disabled People, and the films Margarita with a Straw and Crip Camp.
- Edward suggests joining the policy working group (you must be a Green Party member to do so, become a member HERE)