Here’s an in-depth look at four teenage women climate activists (and their mothers) from Rachel Sarah writing in The Lily. Click through and read the whole thing, here’s an excerpt:
I was that kid who worried a lot. Getting older has intensified my anxiety. And becoming a mother? That only heightened my fears. Knowing the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control keeps me up at night.
I’m worried about my daughters’ future, and about the future of children everywhere. That’s why young activists, especially the girls and women from climate justice movements such as Zero Hour, Youth Strike 4 Climate and Fridays For Future, give me hope. I’ve spent the past six months interviewing teens who are speaking up and standing up for the planet.
They’re fearless and passionate, and every time we chat, they tell me about their mothers, the women who often serve as the biggest supporters and cheerleaders — and sometimes, the biggest worriers — in their lives…
In Denver, 13-year-old Haven Coleman, co-director of Youth Climate Strike US, says she too starts her mornings with email and social media.
“I have dyslexia and dysgraphia,” an impairment that makes writing difficult, Haven says. “So my mom helps me stay organized. She goes through my inbox, finds the most prevalent emails and reads the emails out loud to me.”
That’s not all.
“I also drive her to weekly strikes and keep her sisters entertained or out of traffic at the strikes,” says Nicole, Haven’s mom, adding that she spends “an enormous amount of time stressed out trying to juggle our family life with managing the spontaneous trips, interviews and opportunities she has, and helping her talk through the very adult decisions she has to work though daily. We spend a lot of time dealing with the emotional trauma this work puts her through and managing everyday life as a gifted LGBT teen with learning disabilities.”