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Saving Ourselves from the Status Quo: Youth around the World Stand Up for the Earth and their Future

Saving Ourselves from the Status Quo: Youth around the World Stand Up for the Earth and their Future

One block from my office in Washington, DC, young people frustrated by the lack of accountability and democracy in corporate America have gathered to demand and demonstrate change. I hear many voices of my generation as I walk through McPherson Square, but our concerns are unmistakable: unemployment, corruption, massive subsidies to established industries, corporate irresponsibility and—inherent in all these problems—environmental injustice on a global scale. Given the increasingly precarious world that we inhabit, there is much to do at next year’s Rio+20 Earth Summit on sustainable development. What is certain: The status quo is unsustainable, unacceptable, and we need to tell the United Nations so, in strong, clear words. Young people everywhere are worried about what climate change will mean for their lives. They, more than anyone else, understand how urgently we must ...

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