Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Wire via AP Images Maybe you haven’t heard, but we’re in some dire straits. Land grabbers are burning the edges of the Amazon rainforest to clear it for industrial agriculture. Greenland is melting at a historically unprecedented rate. This summer, Europe, Japan, and the eastern United States were scorched by epic heat waves. The capital of Indonesia is running out of water. Wildfires are already whipping across Australia, and it’s only spring there. Thank goodness, someone has started paying attention, but perhaps it’s not who you’d expect. While scientists and (some) politicians spout on and on about the need to tackle climate change, it’s the youth who might finally move the world’s governments and businesses to action. Take Olivia Wohlgemuth. She’s 16, a drama enthusiast, and incredibly busy. On a late-summer afternoon in Brooklyn, New York, she was participating in a massive art build in preparation for the September 20 Climate Strike —an international, youth-led strike from school and work demanding political action on the climate crisis. A year ago, this isn’t how Wohlgemuth imagined spending the weekends of her senior year. An acting student at LaGuardia High School, she spent her days in the […]

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