3 Inspirational Kids Who are Changing the World
As a dad, I’m always so excited to see the rise of child activists in the world. These are kids facing grown-up problems, who haven’t given up hope of fixing them. In fact, these kids are often more motivated, capable and driven than most adults! They’ve got the perfect marriage of imagination and reality to affect real change.
Through the years I’ve followed the path of child activists like Malala Yousafzai, Marley Dias, Katie Eder and others. I’ve been continually astounded at the change they’re able to achieve and the innovative ways they’re able to accomplish their goals. It gives me hope as a single parent, that the next generation has leaders emerging so young, with such passion.
If you haven’t been following along, there are more child activists than ever before. Here are three of them that are making big waves in the causes they fight for.
It’s almost impossible not to be familiar with Greta Thunberg by now. She’s gone toe-to-toe with world leaders about climate change, taking no prisoners and cutting right to the heart of the problem. She might only be 16 years old right now, but she knows more about the effects of climate change than most people, and she’s well-informed on what we should be doing to combat it.
Greta has been on a world tour lately, shaking down Parliament in Sweden, gaining audience with the United Nations, and meeting heads of state around the world to garner support for climate change activism. She’s also inspired the “Greta Effect,” which has triggered protests and walk-outs in support of climate change by young people around the world.
In a time when climate change is one of the truly terrifying things bearing down on us, Greta’s call to action is one of the loudest. Oh yeah, and she was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2019. Pretty good for a 16-year-old kid!
At just 10 years old, Bana al-Abed has experienced things no person should ever have to in a lifetime. A survivor of the Syrian civil war, she rose to prominence online as the face of a child affected by war. With the help of her English-speaking mother, Bana live-tweeted the assault on the Aleppo region of Syria. Her videos and stark documentation of war through the eyes of a helpless child immediately created a mass movement to intervene in the fighting.
Evacuated with a group of refugees in 2016, Bana immediately began her circuit as an activist speaker. She was interviewed by numerous media outlets and spoke to leaders throughout Europe on the horrors her family faced in Syria. Her message is a simple one: Stop the wars.
Bana published a book call Dear World, urging the importance of peaceful movements around the globe. She’s also been the recipient of several awards, including the Rising Star award and the 2018 Freedom Award.
Another advocate for climate change action, Timoci Naulusala is a genuine personality that’s putting a face to the negative effects of our changing world. A citizen of Fiji’s Tailevu province, Timoci’s home was destroyed several years ago in the wake of a devastating cyclone. Timoci currently speaks on the importance of climate change action and does it with a smile, showing the world that good people will continue to suffer if we don’t change things.
Personally, I love watching Timoci speak. Even though his life has been truly disrupted by devastating weather, and he and his family have been displaced for life, he speaks with genuine enthusiasm. He’s a person looking for help and solutions, not just getting mad.
Enable activism among the next generation
What these kids and others like them are doing is nothing short of amazing. And while they’re making strides toward changing the world for the better, perhaps the even more amazing thing is everything they’ve accomplished at such a young age. They’re forces for change in the world, and they’re a great inspiration to people of any age!