Jamie Margolin is a 16 year old activist who became intrigued by news alerts flashing on her phone: mudslides in Colombia, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria. Instead of simply swiping them away, Jamie decided to do something about it.
“I was nervous to go there, especially since I’m so young. But last summer I realized I have to take action, even if it’s going to be a lot of action.”- Jamie founded Zero Hour, a youth organisation around the climate crisis.
Last July, Zero Hour will host a weekend of youth action in Washington DC. The core 25 members – who collaborate online across the States. will lobby representatives to divest from fossil fuels and protest in a march. The goal is to show how youth are affected by climate change
When youth try to take a stand, our leaders blatantly disregard our rights, pat us on the head, and give us the legal equivalent of “you’re cute, don’t worry about a thing little kid, we’re taking care of it.” But the Washington state government isn’t taking care of anything when it comes to climate action.
My generation’s right to a healthful environment is not an “aspiration”, as the judge said. My own legislature has already recognized this as a right that must be protected
Youth being harmed by climate change are entitled to the same kind of consideration. We won’t stop fighting until we get the change we need and deserve.