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Inside COP27, young activists like Luisa Neubauer spoke to the media to press their case. Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

Throwing soup on a Van Gogh and other ways young climate activists are making their voices heard over Egypt’s climate summit protest suppression

Activists aren’t necessarily more aggressive than in the past, but they are using creative and sometime shocking new tactics that quickly go viral.
Over the past three years, children have increasingly used their voice to protest against their governments’ inaction. PETER FOLEY | EPA-EFE

Climate crisis: how states may be held responsible for impact on children

The long-awaited ruling by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is as groundbreaking as it is disappointing. Where to next for young climate activists?
After years of fighting, anti-fracking activists in Lancashire hailed the government’s 2019 ban on the practice. Richard Allen / Alamy Stock Photo

Environmental action: why some young people want an alternative to protests

Teenagers directly affected by fracking have voiced disappointment at the political process. They’re looking for other ways to make their voices heard
People attend a climate change protest in Montréal, on Sept. 26, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

What lies ahead for Fridays for Future and the youth climate movement

With COVID-19 restricting in-person gatherings climate protests paused and lost momentum. Youth climate activists have shifted their attention online and are linking climate issues to social justice.
Young people stand on the steps of the Alberta legislature during the climate strike in Edmonton in 2019. Youth are often seen as problems rather than as people who are creating solutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

Young people are often seen as lacking but research shows they’re motivated by their concern for future generations.

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