5 Youth Who Won’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer And Are Actually Saving the Planet
The Survival Revolution salutes these insanely brave and vocal advocates speaking from the heart for a wild, just, and healthy future
We get it. You have a heart, and that’s why sometimes all the bad news about climate emergencies, mass extinction, and pandemics can just feel like it’s all too much to bear. The good news is that there are people all around the world who never seem to tire of speaking up for what is right, just, and healthy.
This Valentine’s Day we at the Survival Revolution want to give you a very special Valentine: the knowledge that you are not alone, that we are all in this together, and that when we grow weary, there will be others we have helped to empower who will help us create a better future.
Enjoy these Valentines to Mother Earth written by others. Because they have a heart, they are using the power of their voices, the power of their influence, the power of their deep purpose, to create positive change in the world.
When we speak up to protect half of Earth’s land and seas, we unite our voices with theirs and fuel opportunities for transformational change in our world.
A few weeks ago we were all in awe of Ms. Gorman’s inaugural speech. Let’s face it, we’re still in awe. Fun news! In addition to speaking up about the state of our nation, she’s also written and performed a beautiful poem about protecting our planet. Her words inspire: “Not to scare you, but to dare you to dream…” and advise: “You don’t need to be a politician to protect”. Now let’s dream, and protect.
Greta Thunberg is a powerful voice for those who will bear the brunt of our current decisions, but who took no part in shaping them: children. She’s also pretty sassy and hilarious. Greta’s courage, which eludes most adults, extends to speaking up for nature. Join her in supporting science-based policies for our future.
After being told time and time again that she didn’t have what it takes to be an environmental innovator, Nzambi Matee continued to try until she finally successfully created a new building material out of recycled materials. She started a sustainable, alternative and affordable, building products manufacturing company that financially empowered over 112 individuals, the majority of whom are women and youth. We are inspired by her unending commitment to the success of this project and how she was able to support others while working to protect the environment.
At only 7 years old, Mandy Corrente is following her passion in dance and song. It’s typically when we follow our passions that we have the strongest impacts on the world around us. In her song, Planet Earth, Mandy sings about raw, childhood desires like exploring the world ‘like Dora’. We have the power in our hands to create that future for her – one where she still has an incredible planet to explore. You might also want to check out her recent interview on the Ellen show — girl’s got moves!
Beatriz Azevedo has been a warrior for the environment. She fought against thermal power plants in her local community, as well as against large corporations for the preservation of dunes on the beaches. She is now Co-Founder of Instituto Verdeluz, a NGO in Brazil focused on reconnecting humans and nature through education, conservation, and political activism. People creating solutions in their local communities is one of the many ways we can work together to protect our planet!
The Yawanawá people live in western Brazil, close to the Peruvian border. The Yawanawá culture revolves around their strong relationship with nature.
Vance Martin, president of WILD, responds to Rewilding the American West, a recently published article by BioScience.
Nature has a way of changing us, reminding us of our roots as human beings. It is a place of equal footing, breaking us down to the bone and reminding us what it means to be alive.