Cop26: how three young activists are trying to change the world – podcast


Boris Johnson opened the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow with a call to act now, saying: “If we don’t get serious about climate change today it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow.”

The secretary general of the United Nations, António Guterres, said “The climate action army – led by young people – is unstoppable. They are larger. They are louder. And, I assure you, they are not going away.”

But it is not the young people themselves who have a voice at this conference, they are relying on world leaders to work towards a serious plan to tackle the climate crisis before it is too late.

Today, three young activists join Michael Safi to describe their route to activism and how to have better discussions across the generations about this issue.

Ridhima Pandey is 14 and lives in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Iris Duquesne, 18, is originally from France but is studying in Canada, and 17-year-old Raina Ivanova, is in Hamburg, Germany.

They discuss their thwarted attempt to hold world leaders to their legally binding climate commitments and where their movement goes next.



Hot Air Band protest in Glasgow

Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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