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Voices of the future

We meet the students that are taking climate change into their own hands
Image: Kevin J. Frost / Shutterstock.com

As the dangers of the climate crisis become increasingly clearer, the youth of the nation are taking action. No longer waiting for their parents or the generation before them to solve this issue, they are making their motive clear – not just to act, but to act fast. The ‘Greta effect’, as it’s been affectionately dubbed, has seen a vast number of school-aged peers, inspired by the Swedish student, taking action against climate change. And the UK Students Climate Network (UKSCN) is just one example of passionate teens coming together to help the planet. The group, which is predominately made up of young people under the age of 22, regularly take to the streets to protest against what they claim is ‘the government’s lack of action on the climate crisis’. Daisy Cooper, who is part of the organisation tells us more.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor