Hey there, climate kids!
Welcome to Climate Tracker's third Youth Newsletter. If you're wondering what this is all about, take a quick scroll at our sections below. From thousand-word articles that will make you ponder to memes guaranteed to elicit laughter (some optimism is always needed in crisis), there's something in here for everyone.
After a week examining the grim consequences of climate change on people's lives worldwide, we're diving into the solutions to this crisis proposed by innovative youths. Many of these are enabled by evolving technology, whether that be the world wide web or energy breakthroughs. Individual choices matter, as Greta Thunberg showed by embarking on a two-week crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to attend the UN Climate Action Summit.
Before we get started, however...
In case you haven't checked, Climate Tracker has just launched a special reporting and training opportunity for students based in NYC or able to travel there from Sept 20-22!
Check out our campaign site for more information.
I. UPDATE ON GLOBAL STRIKES
It's not only March 15th or September 20th. Everyday, somewhere in the world the climate kids are still rallying. This section is dedicated to the weekly developments, the underreported events.
At the start of this month, the IPCC released more guidelines for direct action, and according to the science journal Nature, youth action has greatly contributed to promoting these guidelines!
This week, the climate kids focused on back-to-school strategies for climate action. Who says activism is work for the summer?
Some grim news however: student activists in Edinburgh are fighting a new school strike ban that only allows them to take ONE day off PER YEAR! Climate strikers everywhere are rooting for their cause.
II. FROM THE STUDENTS' PEN
This section features articles, essays, blog posts, etc. written by students like yourselves who are concerned about the state of our planet.
We want to give a shoutout to Maia Supple from LA, who submitted an amazing piece on online thrift-shopping, which she wrote as part of Inside Climate News's environmental journalism summer institute. Other Climate Tracker editors were baffled when they learnt her age.
Writing about another major environmental issue, Faizah Makhdoum offers interesting insight on solutions to plastic pollution.
Not all solutions are effective, however, despite their good intentions. Nigerian student Abdullah Tijani questions his country's approach to plastic bans.
III. A SKILL A WEEK
If you want to write but don't know where to start, worry not - Climate Tracker has got your back.
Have you ever tried visualizing stories with cool (and super easy-to-use) online tools? Here is an example. Try recreating it using Knightlab's Storymap!
Now that you've diligently spent 15 minutes going through this newsletter's content, here's your ultimate reward...
Climate change memes created by the climate teens themselves! Check out Metro's article.