Today's youth are growing up in a climate-changed world. Our planet and civilization face the climate crisis, its root causes and its social injustices. Ours will be the first generation to understand the magnitude of this emergency and what it means to unravel the fossil fuel economy.
Yet youth voices are so often excluded from the conversations that are defining the future for all of us. We are taught without being given a chance to speak. We are trained for a moment of leadership that will come 20 or 30 years down the road...when it will be far too late. Our opinions are invalid because of our age, because we are young.
Young people are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. And Bioneers understands this.
I have been a young person in the climate movement for the past 11 years—since I was 12. As a student I co-founded the Divest Harvard campaign, calling on my university to divest its $36.4 billion endowment from fossil fuels. I sat in meetings with the Harvard Corporation, seeing in the eyes of our trustees that I was a being labeled as a “young radical idealist” who should not question the ways of the Harvard Management Company.
Yet in the Bioneers community I have felt the opposite experience. Youth voices are valued and highlighted, taken very much into account and incorporated. Our opinions are given the space to be considered and implemented. Bioneers makes a concerted effort to bring youth to the conference and enable in-person conversations, experiences and collaborations. Bioneers understands making change—and with youth, this is what we strive for. This is why I value Bioneers.
Thank you Bioneers for creating and stewarding the Youth Leadership Program and making it available to more youth every year through the Youth Scholarship Fund. We have a stronger voice and a brighter future because of you.
And I am honored to invite you to support this great change, this wonderful program and this visionary organization. Please join Bioneers as a monthly supporter today. Even donations that may seem small to you add up to bigger donations annually—and with everyone coming together, we will win!
Click here to add your support, to join the movement, to change the world.
For the future, today,
Bioneers Youth Leader
P.S. Your gift today will be matched as a new or increasing supporter thanks to a $25,000 matching grant from the Pond Foundation! Please help us unlock this support so that more young leaders can experience the power of Bioneers.