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Greta Thunberg
Climate and Environmental Activist
Salvador Gómez-Colón
Founder at Light & Hope for Puerto Rico
Natasha Mwansa
Executive Director at Natasha Mwansa Foundation
Edward Felsenthal
Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer at TIME
Autumn Peltier
Chief Water Commissioner at Anishinabek Nation

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg FRSGS (Swedish; born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish environmental activist who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change. Thunberg is known for her youth and her straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she criticizes world leaders for their failure to take sufficient action to address the climate crisis.Thunberg's activism started after convincing her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their own carbon footprint. In August 2018, at age 15, she started spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate). Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each. To avoid flying, Thunberg sailed to North America where she attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

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Firm believer that his young age will not limit the positive impact that he can have on the world. When Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, understood Puerto Rico’s necessity for clean water and electricity was urgent. As a result, created the "Light and Hope for Puerto Rico" campaign, which distributed solar-powered lamps and hand-powered washing machines to over 3,100 underserved families in 16 municipalities around the island. Surpassed original goal of $100,000 and was able to raise more than $175,000 in funds. Named one of Time Magazine's “30 Most Influential Teens of 2017”. September 2018, keynote speaker of Solar Power International held in Anaheim, California, delivering a message on the importance of fostering youth resiliency after natural disasters and catastrophes. Received the 2019 President's Environmental Youth Award and the 2019 Diana Award for Social-Humanitarian Work. Has worked to implement smart energy systems in Puerto Rico's fire stations and is currently leading the Light and Hope for the Bahamas humanitarian initiative.

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Passionate about using the media to empower young people. As a Junior Reporter, Child Journalist, Child and Women’s Rights Advocate and Activist at the Media Network on Child Rights and Development, responsible for gathering and disseminating information and tracking stakeholder progress. Through work, selected to be part of the African Union Commission’s Youth Advisory Board. Additionally, Social Accountability Monitor at Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Dissemination Service. As an advocate, is proud of being in the process of starting an initiative that will foster young people to take radical action and foster positive change. Advocates for girls and women because of belief that girls have untapped power and will stop at nothing until it is unleashed. Interests: reading, journaling, writing, dancing, practicing the keyboard, and attending conferences with siblings and acquaintances.

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Graduate, Princeton University; JD, Harvard Law School; Master’s in Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Fletcher School. Formerly: 15 years as Reporter and Editor, the Wall Street Journal; 2005, Deputy Managing Editor; was the founding editor of Personal Journal, guiding health coverage that led to two Pulitzer Prizes, and oversaw news strategy, driving integration of the digital and print teams; also covered the US Supreme Court in the Journal’s Washington Bureau. 2008, helped launch the Daily Beast as its founding Executive Editor, responsible for building a digital newsroom that grew quickly from a start-up to a nationally recognized brand with millions of monthly unique users. With TIME: since 2013, Digital Editor; 2016, helped implement a new digital structure, launching multiple digital hubs across the company, with its titles collaborating to share content and enlarge the digital audience; currently, Editor-in-Chief. Member: Board, American Society of Magazine Editors; Advisory Board, NYU Center for Publishing. Senior Fellow, Edward R. Murrow Center, Tufts Fletcher School.

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Thirteen-year-old Eagle Clan Anishnaabekwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory in Northern Ontario. Has been advocating for water conservation since she was just 8-years-old and has become a renowned environmental activist throughout the world. In 2019, named the Chief Water Commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation, a political advocacy group for 40 First Nations across Ontario.

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Carbon emissions from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019 – yet another sign that we are betraying future generations who will increasingly need to adapt to a warmer and more volatile world. How can the passion of today’s youth activism inspire positive change in behaviours that respect the needs and rights of future citizens?

Speakers: Salvador Gómez-Colón, Natasha Mwansa, Edward Felsenthal, Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier

This session was developed in partnership with TIME.

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I want my descendants to know I use my voice so they can have a future like I don't think you have to be old enough to be able to tell my grandchildren that we did everything we could and we did it for them for the generations. Against climate change corruption inequality and Injustice a new generation of leaders are raising their voices becoming a force of Hope around the globe. We are pleased to introduce 16 year old Salvador Gomez cologne who's leading a campaign to help communities without power in storm damage,

Puerto Rico. Lindbergh who sparked a global demand for leaders to act on climate change She began her one person Striker climate in 2018. Last September Millions had joined in to form the largest climate demonstration in human history the junior reporter to track an exposed practices like child marriage to protect women and girls in her native Zambia. What is a synonym for what is promising? What is a 10 and 16 year old Autumn Peltier who spent her last eight years advocating for clean drinking

water in Canada's first Nations community in around the world. I don't want to come back when I'm 70 and nothing has been done solo strike. What progress do you feel has been made in that time and what needs to happen next? Have happened that's no one could have predicted and that's this is sort of talked General awareness and and and the movement of course. I mean, of course it was not only me, but all these many many young people from difference. So many different places pushing together to form this Alliance of movements. And of course that is a huge step

because that's I mean as I said people are more generally aware now. It's a And people it seems like it's it's the climate and environment is is it hot topics right now and it looks thanks to young people pushing. But of course if you see it from another perspective pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of CO2 has not reduced and that is of course what we are trying to achieve among other things. I mean real fighting for for the

environment and the climate and if he stays from that aspect what is completely been done. I make it to see it for a bigger perspective then Basic and not think so. But that's of course. We we had expected it will require much more than this. This is just the very beginning. What would you like to see happen in the next year-and-a-half? a lot better Especially that we starts listening. to the science and that we actually start treating these crisis as As the crisis it is as if the crises stay off because this is without treating this as a real

crisis. We can also love it and then we cannot see this from a holistic View. Autumn you confronted really Justin Trudeau a couple of years ago about water protection issues around water protection. Did you did he listen to you? Do you really listen to you? And let's see what's happened on that front since well. I can't exactly. all since then I do I feel like I made an impact on children that are younger than me and older than me and I feel that I've seen a lot more you standing up and I

feel like me doing that kind of maybe even gave him the courage to at least, you know use their voice cuz I was I think I was like 12 on that happen and I think that really that was really empowering for me actually and then when I when I look at it from I can make us a Canadian perspective since I've done that I feel like there has been change because the Canadian government actually will his painting a room is actually working really hard towards them trying to resolve the boil-water advisories in First Nations communities and since then I know I'm pretty

sure it was one of their One of their goals, I guess and it was to resolve the first boil water advisories and he is doing that but the only issue with that is everytime one is resolved a new one a new one occurs with kind of continuous, but I know in Canada they are trying to make change. What are the questions on my mind is is you know, how how you go from protest and panels to policy change and you've you've got a formal role now, right? And will you tell the audience about

the you've got a seat at the table by Fleetwood in the shop at nation is is the people like the indigenous people in Ontario and that's kind of the form of indigenous government there. And so basically my auntie Josie cream and almond she was the chief water commissioner prior to me before she passed away and they felt that it was best that they pass the roll onto me as I was following her footsteps and doing her work. And so what the role really is advocating for for the great lakes in Canada will not exactly but

everything for the great lakes and kind of being having a stay at the table when decisions are made for them. And so that's kind of what my role is. Salvador You first became a really active after they're after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico now earthquakes. What what have you seen, you know in terms of your work in the results you're after in that. Of time progress or not. Definitely been a tough few years for Puerto Rico with with our natural disasters in 2017 are protesting the summer of of Moana and the earthquakes now, I think that one of the

main issues that I think we started to see, you know, since I started laughing over Puerto Rico in in 2017 after Maria is it there's definitely been much more passionate much more noise with youth right. We've been much more active. There was a climate strike in Puerto Rico the day of the international climate Starbright, which is all I buy you that was taken to the capital. There's also been much more, you know friends of mine appears in my students that are also you know taking Cards to help neighboring Islands, right like the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. I think that in

terms of natural disaster preparedness, which I think is a reality of climate crisis of the conquest of the we need to address and is not being addressed. We haven't really gotten my place is right there recently bit. They've discovered warehouses of a emergency supplies in Puerto Rico. They were untouched even after the earthquakes first started and that has been in a one of the great examples in which we have the help but it's not getting two people right? I think it's it's definitely has a lot of issues wrong with it. And I always it's because it's it's things are being

politicized write any issues at the climate crisis in natural disasters aren't political issues. They're not social economic issues. They're not a racial issue climate change in climate crisis just is right and it's we start addressing that fact We talked some before the session about mentors and reverse mentors and I know you've spoken some about the lessons from youth resilience in Puerto, Rico. Can you talk about that little I mean, I think that did the biggest thing in Puerto Rico was there, you know, we were all infected after Hurricane

Maria, right? The whole island was in a 100% blackout and we were all facing our fair share of challenges right in my case. You know, my house was flooded. I was living with my with my grandparents in my apartment and all that but that was minimal right that kind of took that charge and and thought about other people who were less fortunate than me right in Puerto Rico you think of Puerto Rican people think of Old San Juan in Condado, which is very modern very commercial, right, but you don't think of the hundreds of thousands of homes that are made of wood with metal roofs on

Slants, right? And those are the most affected after after after Hurricane Maria, right? I think that In Puerto Rico with without the fear short natural disasters in political crisis. We've had you seen youth stepping up and around the world. Actually we've seen we seen our generation standing up from for the world. We want to see you for the vision of the world that we have right? Even when our leaders aren't really taking charge right now. I think that's that's a particular important lesson we need to learn is the fact that you know, we're not waiting 5 10 20 years to take action. We

want to see we're not the future of the world where the present rate we're acting now. We're not waiting any longer. Natasha you've spoken about not wanting young people just to be beneficiaries recipients of other people's decisions are part of the decision-making. How is that played up in your experience and your own causes? I think it up fade out really. Well and even if we look at the Pioneer that we're having today, for instance, you find us so many big conventions and meeting that people come to you and open a Young Person's voice is not necessary we had before that was the situation

but now we come to these meetings and then we have resolution and those that can be taken seriously. So I do believe it's becoming an issue that actually being hurt and one not just see me as you know exist but they were involved in the whole system and what being asked what we want to do but not only that were able to step out and I can say this is what we want and I have a partner with us I would do it if we not so that's something that I have seen and you can look at this amazing Ponyo. I mean, they're doing all amazing things and we haven't aged stop at so whatever we come

from. This is another thing that's really been interesting is finding a way to actually have that intergenerational partnership. I like how you ask him about the mentorship issue and I think it's very important because Grayson has a lot of experience but we have ideas. We have energy and Rehab solutions for the now problems and the ones that are coming up and I think it's really going on. Well, I have seen so many different countries. And even with the 12 today change makers that I had today. I have heard that story is about ensuring that

you're putting pressure on governments and everything like that. That's good. But then at the end of the day, we don't want to come to a point where we intimidate them too much because right now they do have ideas that we have I need to put us in a room together what we best can do it right on that all that he has forced our agenda then partner because I'm not just going to tell you what's going to happen. If we want to be involved from the start to the end because it's going to benefit all of us. So my journey

has been very interesting actually because right now I get back home. Run my own foundation and we do exactly this voice of young people doing amazing things and then also important to be able to get out because like what was Mission Santa Ines, all they need to know is that you can do it, but you don't have to be limited and if someone like me someone like Savage Oakes a great idea what to do it and they can too and so that's something we've been working on and we look forward to doing a lot more. But otherwise, I think this is a really good side. Is that

the sign of Hope as we know that they know that you can look forward to him being involved in this paper. I'll throw this out to the group. You've all met a lot of politicians on your Journeys it does it do any of you have interest in politics. Do you think you have to be in politics to make chains and in in government and its some level? Are you turned off? And I do believe that if someone is involved if they do want to take out that creates a good place to implement change because you know, it's one

thing for his ass to come here and many Countryside to the Paris agreement on the 3rd of the coupling agent and reducing on the cabin that's being exhibited that's being taken into the atmosphere by then. If you look at it and people have signed to that and then the people at the Port Washington make that lower back home. I ain't got money system. So you didn't realize that alone. Can I change the timing with us something can move forward or not? Because it's like you're back in so I do believe it is important that we do have politicians changing the coil windings Richard. I could post a

head but I don't believe that that's the only way that you can actually. And I don't believe the power lies in the middle Isaac every individual discovering what that supposed to do and then posted that and decided that they want to change the change the one so you want to do do once maybe later on I am interested in politics a lot, but then It's not something I would like to take up suit. I'm just probably like I said partnering with the military show that got killed in the world that do you feel hope do you do

feel that that you're being listened to or how much or or is it lip service? What will happen to meet so many politicians Harmony Business Leaders, are they really listening or we really listening? It's good that you say that we really listening. So because at the end of the day, I do believe right now where we could park boys put together with em Portugues call for energy that can transform whatever Society by then to be honest. I do have a lot of hope I am very optimistic about what's going to happen and it changed to bring

something is coming to conventions and you know that these young people and even if they don't have excuse why not invest in those killed so they can be involved in governing bodies like she has someone like her and I do believe that all of you are listening to me right now, but then it's if it's if it's beyond just me talking and having your ears out. It's actually acting and supporting me in this journey later on what exactly Screenshot that what we say is going to be done because one of them and then just going back and having that system in place.

So that's my major job in in all these things. We just don't have a profile system in place. Why young people are not that. But then the actions are supported and wife both politically independent, so that that's my answer but we do have a little cold but I do have a little faith in me and I believe with such powerful man who wouldn't have hope, you know, we're here means that our voices are being heard, right? But overall, I think the reason why we're here is because we're tired of empty promises were tired of

too much talk right? We're tired of too much coming to Davos and then going back and not do anything right because that's the whole purpose of Davos has been non-existent right? Bye week we have I think we have hope right. I think that this is the urgency of all the issues that we tackle is being hurt. And I think that our presence here, it means a lot not only the 15th anniversary but also it had so many turning points in so many different prices that we're facing but also the fact that you know, once again, we're not waiting to take action we're doing it not written one of the reasons

to answer your question that I think that all of us are doing the work we have is because we've seen how politics in a lot of ways has been too much talking too much, you know, in space ability from politicians be kind of the one hiding politicize everything which indicates that doesn't leave to Aveeno positively side, right? Because then we're not working for the common good right now. I think that right now is as politics and in terms of the whole world, it's it's it's very divisive and I think that you know, our future Generations will see this as a very divided and polarized world, but

at the same time I have hope that when we take the reins it in a few years of our political systems in the change in the transformation hasn't happened yet will definitely be the ones to do that. Bottom what what are you who's listening and who's not listening? Feel like that. Heard from politicians I would say but my local members of parliament. I do feel really hurt because for example Michael man thought he saw the MP about Gollum and to him and he's doing a lot of work to help me achieve my goals and around them that area and then

like even Carolyn Bennett she's young. She's doing a lot of stuff to help me be heard as well. But then when it comes to federal government is really hard to get their attention be heard by then because honestly, I would say they're all focused on just money and we need to be willing to be more focused on the actual things going on and that they're not thinking about the impacts and things that are happening like it's like it's almost like they don't even believe that climate change is real like we all say climate change is a real thing and they're not realizing that and basically we're

all trying to do is convince them trying to tell them they need they need they need to listen to us and I just feel bad being a youth we're not as we're not as hard as we can be in our potential. Brother has there been a moment this year where you felt? I was heard some obviously your messages has been heard loudly but but where you felt like there was a turning point or somebody really? What's was acting? Well, it is the difference from being held and from that.

Fashion and need to something. I'm not the person who can complain about not being heard. I'm being held all the time, but Brazil but in general the science and the voice of the young people is not being it's not in the center of the conversation and it needs to be because this is this about I mean, of course it's about it's about us and our future and the future generations and of course those who are already being effect does today but it's supposed to be we also

need to bring the science into the conversation because that's what this is all about. Natasha, is there a moment that just in your work where where where you just pay? It happened to collect I made a difference is I add those a moment if Summit on any child by age, is that took place in Ghana, I think in 2018 towards the end of it and so I was asked to give the opening speech which of the opening ceremony Express what exactly are like for African girls in terms of you know, our sexuality our

reproductive health and everything just to do it that answer after that. Speech. I did go back home and besides organising I'm different groups. I work with different angels and goodbye in communities and would Advocate and raise awareness on this issue by then what really struck me the most is how I mentioned something about mr. Hale for instance. I mean was actually implemented like that something besides sitting in different countries happening and then I mentioned how we need to increase budgetary allocations to watch a cure for that avail. And of course our location but not as

high as I wanted them to go but they need something that is so happening at the progress was made and then later on I actually got my hands on an article and it attributed the speech that I had given him the work that I was doing having helped thousands of girls get rescued from teenage marriages and Rehabilitation process has been put in place for them to actually be able to get away from the Teenage pregnancies and recover from all that pointed out from that speech and how they got those commitments and took the MoMA decided to act on it. So

I do believe that it's if it isn't such platforms. Yes that we can be heard and daddy does that you can influence and all that but then you know the action is is is is is what I liked what she said if the action that actually Elsa for me. That was like the Highlight. I just I couldn't stop smiling because you know as much as the what many other voices and of course many of the actors in players who was that accept the fact that I was the voice that was a part of that solution was a big thing

for me. And so that was like my my moment I was happy with that. Salvador anything in your experience. I mean, I think I really got to see a lot of a lot of Puerto Rico that I hadn't seen right but it's a very small island where everyone goes to the same place and same beaches same restaurants, you know people in the metro area that is pretty limited, right you step you drive 10 minutes away from my house and you start getting the communities that I never been to and to communities that are living way wheel

or under the poverty line and it's impressive because we see a lot of different kind of a lot of pictures that are there not true. Right nothing in my work bag. The guy went to a lot of households that you know, people were just living in ways that I that I didn't think was so close to home. Right? I think that because the politicians talk too much about the good work they're doing in about reaching at the committee's you think that all these things aren't you know, you'll do your encountering this back home, but you are right and I think that was really eye-opening when I went to

distribute oil lamps. It was the best one in the community that I went to the first communion that I started right with Lenin. Hope I have this one mission of going to this one town lawyer said which is infected by both hurricane Irma and Maria would came subsequently 2 weeks after each other and you know, you had that houses that were in a wooden basically all blown away. You had all their belongings it in, you know on the ground and it was kind of seemed like there was a nuclear apocalypse for the half and bright and it was crazy to think of this distribution happen in December has been

already three months and still help and got in the right but I think as I saw people's shows of hope when I gave them their solar lamps in the washing machines and people, you know, their faces would write up in in men's ways. I think that that's really what kept me going right seeing the impact that I was having first-hand on communities right and going to the 17 different times that I went to it was I saw a lot of different faces and I saw a lot of a lot of signs of Hope right now, I think of that They're very interesting and kind of very good feeling from the work that word young people are

doing is inspiring and I think that generally moves all of us and I think that should move also are older than me just write the fact that people are acknowledging us and being inspired by the work. We're doing also benefiting from the work we do right? Like I said, you know, we're not in, you know politicians right now. We're not in the end up having a global impact. Autumn, you know, they're talking about climate change. There's course broad public support for action,

but it's got it was saying earlier nothing happening with emissions what what if not this the work you're doing and it others around the world are doing to bring attention this what will it take to actually do you think sea change in the numbers? Well the sea change I think that what we need to do is start getting more people and more youth not only from Canada from all over the world and empowering other cases stand up like how we are and I think that what we're doing right now is empowering them cuz

being at the world economic Forum, we're on a global stage and everyone's going to be watching this and what we say right now is going to make an impact on everyone watching and so Leaving for me. People are awarding me for a while. You're you're doing such a great job, but I don't want your Awards. If you're going to Ward me toward me with helping me find Solutions award award me with helping me make change and I feel that's what I would want to see is more people trying to help us with them, but we're trying to achieve. Jefferson's for each other Salvador

anything you want to ask others on the panel? Put me on the spot here. I think we're already on the spot being here it in the first place. You're all I think it's an amazing about all of you is that you are I mean, we're students of yours, but you're in addition to the work you're doing you're all literally students and and your students of History. I know do you see, you know, when you when you read about study pass youth movements over the decades is this moment different. Do you think there's something different happening or you part of

a multi-generational pattern of Youth activism any better now that there's never been a time when she gets movements to paralyzed so much and have gotten so much attention. I mean at the turn of the century the internet wasn't even that big for now, we have all this out reaching and all this kind of exposure. I think that 20 years ago, it was inconceivable for for people our age did to be at that the state's year. But I think that I think it's it's never before seen its unprecedented. I would say right now, I think that it's

it's it's a it's a sign of the times right? I think that it's it's really it's really important to acknowledge the fact that things are changing right now. I feel like it's also the climate climate issues health issues, right political issues. I think that the more exposure we get in and end is as more time passes. We see how you know all the people in our leaders see how we have perspective to share right and how we can we can even I would go as far as to say that we can even meant for our leaders in a lot of ways, right. There's a lot of things that are being done in ways that

shouldn't be done. Right and I think we have great respect is too sure on that. Just Auto to what he's actually say that I like that his mansion house. We have access to all these different devices and Platt construction express ourselves. And you know, I'm just raise awareness and whatever want to raise awareness on but then we've gotten in contrast with what just happened. I am from Africans Ambien and so I I see many young people. Of course, we have so many young people brilliant idea that you know, they can stick it in for you buy K2 Zed. They will tell you the problem and I don't

think it's just as long as I think it's generally everywhere people can easily identify what the problem is and then acting and bringing out the solution is where many people are you know, that's where the problem comes in and I think with the knowledge and expose that we have right now, it's good for this generation because away from just looking at what the problem is. We have people that we could use as inspiration. That's my couch and you could still get laid this and we can do this, but then it's also easier to identify what the solution is because we can look at Best Practices

from before and then just bring that I need to grated into a fight so that Something that you really need to do by then I feel as though I'm right now Jenn's he's very active very loud. If you're not very powerful by then to an ex and sometimes it's not as great as would wish them good witch way everyone else to be like this kind generation. Of course, we do have you no exception exception rather by then, like right now I feel as though it could be a bit more louder we could give him on the ground by then and it's very powerful force. But then if you have a collaborative efforts could be

more that we could be more on the scene if we came together and use platform such a strike for instance and all that and if it goes around the world in a Jack in particular places then if you would be more powerful and that's something I think the past generation did a little better than as being more involved in everything else. Is it something that you like but I feel as though we have diverse know that we have people who can articulate issues and everything else, but then we just need more actors on the ground just step up and say who do this again? so there's a power in social

media, but also a danger that we're staring at our phones instead of So we've talked about politics. We've talked about business. We've talked about youth. We haven't talked about media what and you're all covered by people like me all the time. What can the media what what are we doing wrong? I guess what? Can we what could we do better? Maybe a better way to put it Autumn. You have thoughts on on the role of the media in amplifying your work or these issues that that's what anybody have experience positive or negative with people like me. well, I think media is a

really big part of the work we do because a lot of it is online and I just think that when it comes to people that are I just want to say this one thing is like if you have negative things to say online to us just don't even don't even try and do that. Like it's just it's so wrong and we're just trying to do good things and give negative comments about it. Just please don't like trying to say this to us cuz we're just trying to get things and that's the thing is that there's always going to be negative people and positive people online and we're really just

trying to Maybe even change the minds of the people that think negative we both about the things we do. So, yeah, I just think that he does have a really big impact on what we do. a GoPro intermedia for quite some time and I do believe I actually had a conversation with the other night and we were talking about how you know the power we have the power to make this a good conversation. It's all in the media. So the media has a shape the minds of what we have and you know of any

conversation, but then it said sometimes people with no history to find interest in such issues. It's one or two days old is going to be the world economy forum and then afterwards it's like no one wants full of the stories or anything like that and most with the juicy stuff. You don't like an argument between a politician and I have active this isn't that this isn't that and it's all negative. Let me take that generates that it makes it harder very supportive and

amplifying the voice of the works of different people in different communities and societies. It would be really good because they The minds of people to realize that young people have to do it and they can also find ways to support that and then secondly just because I've been involved in bringing hope because sometimes that all that we need another coat that I heard last night. I was talking about everything we do we do with hope and play some music has that much power to bring hope and is hoping everyone would be part of the solution and that would be a great thing and BJ's really just you

know, you supposed to let the fourth estate of government. That's how Paul Boyd is it said to 2nd Foster any agenda with the media we can do so much and so I believe the major is very powerful and very intimate way now wait just realize that they are the ones who determine how big this goes and so if they could MP5 the works and you know that. Does the stuff for doing the young people such forums as well just educate and Enlighten the society then would do a lot more. Great. I'm just looking over fabulous questions from the audience

hears. The one you mentioned your hope that the next generation of politicians will be more receptive. Do you think that's realistic or will politicians always fall into the same power traps? I mean, I think that the fact that we're doing the work at the we're doing that's so young. I think that's kind of inspiring in a lot of ways. I think we're not we're not going down that path of the song Insatiable with power. I think that in a lot of ways, I mean, I'd like to assume that our politicians right now. We'll see the time shifting will see

our the work we're doing and will allow us to have no seven generations ahead of of Youth right? I'd like to think that right but at the same time that requires changing that requires people like you said to be receptive and I think that people need to stop thinking, you know about political parties about left and right now whether whether this benefits me or not whether this makes me money or not, I think we need to start thinking about how we can make the world a better place for everyone right seeing ourselves instead of through our borders the citizens of the world right live in a

divided World. We're all living on the same planet and you know, if if you mess it up there, that's the endgame. a lot they say so much that you can look for it and it's a little hope that we can actually step into but then this will need a little bit of mentorship like we mentioned area on and honestly, I do have a little hope for the future Hazel states in the future of you no later than political areas and other things but then I really think it is realistic but it also depends on how much we invest in ask now for later on their lot of questions here

about how you deal with negativity which you know, the goddamn dimensions and I would love maybe each of you could just say a word about yeah, we've talked a lot about the inspiration and hope you're bringing to others but obviously there's a flip side to that and and at what can we all learn from all of you about how you deal with the haters? Well for me, I need my minimum. Do you get a lot of negativity and what really what we do is just we just ignore it because you know

that that's their own opinion and it's not really our problem because what we're trying to do is positive and we're all we're all trying to do is positive. So I just think that ignoring is probably just the best way to go. Greta I would like to say something that is there things people need to know more than how I deal with haters. so I have some remarks I would like to play. I will speak later today. So I just want to take this opportunity to once again remind everyone of

our current situation. In Chapter 2 on page 108 in the SR 1.5 ipcc report that came out in 2018. It says that if we are to have a 67% chance of limiting the global average temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. We had on January 1st 2018 about 420 and gets home. So CO2 left in the budget. And of course that number is much lower today as we miss about put it to gigatons of CO2 every year including land use. With today's emissions levels that remaining budget is gone within less than 8 years.

These numbers on anyone's opinions of political views. This is the current best available science though many scientists suggest. These figures are to Madrid. These are the ones that have been accepted to the ipcc and please know that these figures are Global and therefore do not say anything about the aspects of equity which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris agreement the work on a global scale. And that means the Richer countries need to get down to zero emissions much faster and then help poor countries do the same. So the people in this fortunate parts of the world can raise the

living standards. These numbers also didn't include most feedback loops nonlinear tipping points or no additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution most models. However to the Future Generations will however, however will somehow be able to suck hundreds of billions of CO2 tons of CO2 aldovia with technologies that do not a success today in the scale required. And perhaps never will. The approximate 67% chance is the one with the highest on given by the ipcc and now we have less than 340 gigatons of CO2 left in that budgets to share family.

And why is it so important to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius? Because even if one degree people are dying from climate change because that is what the United science cold sore to avoid destabilizing the climate so that we have the best possible chance to avoid sitting of irreversible chain reactions every fraction of a degree matches. This is love summer. I've been repeating these numbers over and over again in almost every speech but honestly, I don't think I have once seen any media Outlets or pressing power communicated this

and what it means. I know you don't want to report about this. I know you don't want to talk about this, but I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do. We have a 3/4 minutes left and I'd like to give everybody on the panel a chance to kind of make a deliver a message to the people collected here. And what are you what's your message that you'd like to leave with all of us? My messages basically just be unlikely finishing its basic investing on involving young people in all the decision-making processes by then for every individual hear what I would

really like all of us to go back home with the idea and the realization that the power that were trying to speak to the truth. And the public was trying to speak here is not going to happen just because we have powerful individuals in the room is not going to take place and the change you want to see if he's not going to happen. Because we're raising these issues what is going to happen when we imagine the change and then ask ourselves. What can we do about it? Who are we going to put pressure on? Who are we going to really going to go home? But I hate everyone in here is it's not about

being it's important that each of us realize how would you type of the change that was trying to say? Thank you. That's wonderful. I think that just because we know we're on the stage you are age just because we're all teenagers doesn't mean that we don't have the maturity the knowledge or the drive to take action and an impact positive change in the world. We live in right? I think that are examples are very important for Inspirations for not only for a youth for a leader that we have right. Now. The fact that we've we've been able to do

amazing work at are a young age is is already present in establishing that for future Generations will only get younger and we'll do more chains. You know, the younger we get I think that the media has it has an extremely important role to play. I think that our stories are very inspiring are stories important not only just a share to inspires of inspire others, but I think two to make sure the people are being aware of what's happening around the world. I think that the media is a lot of times covers things are pretty inconsequential. I think that these and I don't mean to offend

anyone but I mean like these are positive stories that are really important to share and I think you know, a lot of times we get we get stuck in Talk and talk and talk but I think that it's it's really important to get you know, the positive stories out to be inspiring stories out there. And and I think that it's important to drive youth drive more used to take more action around the world. And I think that this this is definitely meeting that could be very helpful for that. Autumn well, I would just like to like just like say something is at like even the fact that

you'd have to be up here trying to create awareness information. I say I feel it's almost kind of wrong and we shouldn't be having to do this. And then the other thing I want to say is that my auntie Josephine always high-level clothes. She used to say if you had an idea or a way you could an idea. She was just say just do it. So I want I just want to say that if you have an idea or a solution on our way, you can help us just do it. So That seems like a terrific place to wrap it up. I want to thank all of you

for the work you're doing for the inspiration. You bring to so many of us for the advice and reverse and reverse mentorship as we were talking about before I learned a lot and I'm sure everybody in the audience did so, thank you.

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