You only have to look at the Friday’s for Future movement to see this ingenuity in practice. We are fighting for the things that matter, but it is frustrating when adults refuse to listen to us simply because we are young. Young people add a wealth of value to society and our voices, thoughts and opinions must be taken seriously by those walking in the corridors of power. Adults must be accountable to young people because it is through consultation and collaboration that we will create a better world.
It is my hope that the voices of young people are not only listened to, but are respected and understood. Our opinions need to be heard, not only by those in power, but the adults around us.
I wish for a world were adults realise that it is not our age that qualifies us to speak truth to power, but rather the mere fact that we are all human beings and it is our right to speak up for those whose voices have been reduced to a whisper or to create for the world we want to see.