In which Esme Hehir of Medway Youth Council ponders what individuals and organisations to combat climate change.
Climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with urgently. We cannot sit back as passive observers of the destruction of our planet. There is so much we should be doing to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
This crisis has become so serious that there are now daily discussions in the mainstream media, taking the debate from a niche audience to the forefront of our global concerns. Despite there being an increased interest in the subject, not enough is being done to prevent climate change.
In which Anna McGovern, the new Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Medway, introduces herself..
Young people do not have the vote. But we do have a voice. More than ever, society is recognising the truly immense power of youth social action. Young people are the next generation of adults – and therefore we deserve a say in what our futures will be.
In which Thomas Baldock shares his experience of being involved with the Medway Youth Council.
Being under the voting age was frustrating for me, I felt that young people’s voices were mute, that we didn’t have the opportunity to make changes because our elected representatives didn’t need to listen to us just yet. That was until I joined the Medway Youth Council. This organisation is a-political in that there is no party political or ideological viewpoint that we follow; this in many ways can give us the freedom to act in a pragmatic way to best serve the interests of young people in Medway.
In which Jasneet Samrai shares the experience of being a young person involved in politics.
Being a young person in politics is hard. I wish it wasn’t, but it is. It’s also a rare occurrence.
Don’t get me wrong, being involved in politics is something that I really enjoy, yet as a young person it’s a system that is ultimately rigged against me. The crisis in both the lack of youth participation, and the culture within youth politics itself, is not due to a problem with my generation; instead due to a seismic failure within our own political system.