As a 22-year-old, I fall into the “transitional generation.” We exist somewhere between millennials and Generation Z—so I’ve become well-versed in all the critiques of both groups. I came of age hearing that millennials were politically apathetic and civically disengaged, and that Gen Z was too busy with their phones to take charge of the world. As a collective group of young people, adults perceived us as lazy, uninterested and detached from reality. Or so they thought.
This is powerful: hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will participate in a #climatestrike this week through creative, grassroots campaigns and actions. This dramatic momentum will push the demand to reduce carbon emissions. It will raise awareness, and it will spur commitment to change–change that must happen in business and industry, in schools and local communities, and especially policy change by national governments.
On Sept. 20, youth across the world are participating in a global climate strike. As world leaders prepare to gather at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, the strikers are drawing attention to the need for comprehensive climate solutions.
On Sept. 10, FCNL joined a coalition of 17 faith organizations in sending a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. We asked members of Congress to prioritize clean energy tax incentives as they advance tax policy this year. This would be a key step to meaningfully lowering greenhouse gas emissions.