OUR SAY: Giving us hope for the future
MORE and more, generations younger than mine give me hope for the future.
Actually, it gives me hope that we will have a future at all.
Last week, 21 young people from across the United States, under the name Our Children's Trust, appeared in Oregon's district court for the first time to initiate a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government and Barack Obama for failing to act fast enough on climate change.
It is yet to be determined whether it will be successful, but a similar action in the Netherlands last year was successful, with their government ordered to cut emissions faster.
A lot closer to home, youth like this year's Earth Hour ambassador Laura Johnson are proving that you don't have to be old enough to vote to make a difference in this world and have a say about what type of world it is that they inherit.
They are savvy, knowledgeable, and most importantly they are compassionate and care deeply about the environment and its inhabitants.
And while there will always be people in the community who vehemently dispel the idea of man-made climate change despite scientific consensus, the outcomes of these actions by our young people can only be a good thing.