Global Youth Activism on Climate Change
This literature review explores the recent exponential growth of a global youth movement that is focused on addressing climate change. It examines some of the casual factors for the growth, and through a critical lens examines some of the ageist and paternalistic responses the movement incites. Feelings of hope and connection to other groups, movements and organisations around the world were some of the positive impacts identified. It was found that the movement has diverted focus to the structural and systemic causes of climate change. The review concludes by outlining the role and responsibility social workers have in addressing this social justice issue and the ways in which they can work in solidarity with and support youth activists. A key role identified was advocacy, with a focus on advocating for children and young people’s right to participation and involvement in formal discussions and decision-making regarding this issue.
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