Generation 2030 puts the spotlight on young people aged 10-18 who will be in the prime of their lives in 2030 when scientists warn that, unless we get climate change under control now, we will risk facing irreparable damage to the earth’s climate. While they will bear the brunt of our actions their voices are rarely heard. Generation 2030 will help provide this generation with an important platform for their voices to be heard and their ideas to be considered.
The trauma of climate change is already having a profound effect on the next generation of global leaders. Those interviewed for this series have seen the loss of life in hurricanes, lived through flooding that cut them off from power and emergency services and have seen their family lands destroyed. As devastating as these experiences have been, the future promises to be even more volatile and dangerous.
To address their concerns, a group of 21 young Americans are suing the United States government in what’s called the “Biggest case on the Planet” (Juliana v. United States). They argue that the actions taken by the government to put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will adversely affect their right to life, liberty and property. However, they are not the only ones concerned with their futures. There are millions more who share their passions, hopes and fears who are striking, reaching out to politicians and staking a claim to their future by tirelessly reaching out to anyone who will listen. To further disseminate their ideas, Generation 2030 will amplify the voices of young people from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds from around the world.