“I think we are only seeing the beginning. I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future.”
By Serinda Swan
These words were said by 16-year old Greta Thunberg in a recent interview. Greta is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism in climate change.
We are living in a time where people are paying more attention to the worlds issues than ever before – and are youth is no exception. Between organizing protests, voicing personal opinions through social media, and even leading 7 week-long school walk-outs (like Greta did), we’re seeing ripples of social change emanate from younger generations. So how can we ensure these energized and optimistic young activists have the tools available to them to create, and ultimately sustain change that is imperative to this world? Moreover, how do we inspire those who haven’t found their cause just yet, to act?
I believe the key is in empathetic education. When you teach young people to empathize, you remind them how powerful their feelings are, and impactful their actions can potentially be.