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Reimagine a greener planet. Young people for Climate Action

Pandemic or not, it’s up to all of us to save our planet

For the longest time, I used to feel like human rights/children’s rights and climate action were two separate things. But recently I’ve realized that they’re both important to one another! I mean, even World Children’s Day this year has a focus on Climate Action.

Every child and young person has the right to grow up in a healthy world – one that isn’t polluted, one that is green and thriving, where fresh air and water are everywhere. We’ll only have a shot at creating our futures if the planet we live in is taken care of.

And really just as much as us young people need Mother Earth, Mother Earth needs us too! We’re the generation that has the power to turn steer climate action back on track.

 

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And some of us are already doing that! Kids all over the world are speaking up and calling for governments to take climate change seriously. And bukan Greta Thunberg je: these kids in Canada even sued their gomen for the current climate crisis because it violates their rights!

HOW TO TAKE ACTION!

We’re using our voices to protect Mother Earth in the hope that Mother Earth will be there to protect us too. It will take all of us to fix this so dekat sini Tati nak kasi 5 things you can do to make a difference and be a part of climate action instead! Ada idea untuk #dudukrumah juga!

1. Save Energy & Water

We’re still not super big on renewable energy in Malaysia, so it’s a good idea to maybe not leave your phone to charge overnight or all the time. Simple things such as unplugging your devices when not in use will help conserve energy! Same goes for water – it’s really important we reduce waste if we want to fight climate change.

2. Walk or Cycle

Okay, maybe you can’t do this under the current CMCO, but if you’re heading between short distances, you can always choose for a walk or cycle instead of a private car. Get your family to do this too – the less cars we have on the road lagi baik for the environment.

3. Speak Up in School

You’re never too young to speak your mind! Talk to your teachers about Climate Action and get your school student body involved. You’ll be able to create discussion about your school’s role in preventing global warming ‘cause really no school is too cool for climate action!

4. Get Involved in The Community

Just because you’re a young person, doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in the community! Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY) and Eco Knights are climate action groups that organize climate workshops, talks and more. They take a very active role in fighting the climate crisis locally, through discussions and even petitions. They’re always on the lookout for volunteers and climate warriors to help them protect Mother Earth! It’ll be a great way for you to also meet like-minded friends so all of you can save the world together-gether! #MalaysiaBoleh

5. Keep Learnin’

Okay, I know we’ve heard it a gazillion times but knowledge really is power! So keep refreshing and learning about climate change and climate action. Stay in the know of what’s going on, and you’ll be able create more conversations! Climate change is an ongoing fight, but if all of us keep to it, it’s one we can win!

We’ve got more …

While Coronavirus has pretty much put the world on hold, the cool folks at UNDP and UNICEF, with some awesome young people will be hosting a virtual World Children’s Day “Youth Talks on Climate Change”, happening on Friday, 20 November at 8pm on Zoom. Don’t forget to register to join the talk!

 

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And if you’re looking for something else to do, why not join FridaysforFutures and take your Climate Strikes from the streets to online. You can join the #DigitalStrikes also:
Step 1: Take a picture of you holding a climate strike sign.
Step 2: Post your pic online on Insta.
Step 3: Use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline
Step 4: Tag @fridaysforfuture and @fff.digital and they’ll repost your stories.

 

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Mother Earth has been there for us, providing us with food, shelter and a home. If we want a bright future for all of us and the generations to come, we need climate action to be more than just an environmental issue – it impacts all of us, children and young people included.

>> Read: Act Your Age, Save The World!

#WorldChildrensDay #youthforclimate #ReimagineOurEnvironment 

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Tati Wira

A 20-something fierce believer of children's rights!
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