Starting from demonstrations regarding civil rights back in 1960s, up to nowadays, youngsters seem to be more and more engaged into solving worlds most serious problems. Of course, with the development of technology, it has become incredibly easy for teenagers to spread their thoughts and opinions regarding certain issues. By a click of a button young vloggers and bloggers, especially the world-wide known ones, are able to motivate millions of their peers to join certain organisations, demonstrations or act in any other way in order to make the world a better place to live in.
There are, however, other youngsters, who are not afraid to take the initiative and speak up publically about the seriousness of the problems the world is facing nowadays, ranging from environmental to political and social problems. Moreover, not only are these children willing to fight for justice, as well as their values, but are also ready to give up on their freedom and even risk their lives for the welfare of their countries, as well as the world in general. Undeniably, thanks to these young rebellious activists, our society is heading in the right direction, closer and closer to the utopia, which the society has been trying to reach for centuries.
Incredibly, many youngsters who have stepped out on the world’s stage to speak up about the global issues come from rather small and poor countries. A perfect example is Malala Yousafzai, a 20- year-old girl from Pakistan. At the age of 15 Malala spoke up about the importance of female education in Taliban. This was an extremely sensitive topic, since the women were not allowed to be educated. Despite the fact that talking about this matter was prohibited and dangerous, Malala stood up for all the women in Pakistan, determinant to fight for their rights. Not even the 3 bullets fired at Malala by a Taliban gunman have stopped her activism. She has survived and recovered only to be even more determinant to introduce the world to the importance of female education in Taliban. She went on to speak about the female education and even gave a speech to the United Nations. Furthermore, Malala wrote an inspiring book “I am Malala”, which has encouraged millions of people from all around the world to speak up about the global problems, especially when it comes to the gender inequality. Malala, with her nevertheless heartbreaking story, has taught teenagers to stand up for their thoughts, to look the fear straight into the eyes and fight, whatever the price. Thanks to Malala, boys and girls from all over the world have a right to attempt primary school.
While the action of youngsters regarding social problems is extremely important, the youth activism regarding environmental issues ought to be mentioned as well. Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is a seventeen-year-old boy from the US, whose main concerns, from the age of six, have been related to climate change. He has held an inspiring speech at the United Nations and has also met with the former US president, Barack Obama, when he has received the United States Community Service Award. Today Martinez is a director of an organization that he himself has founded ( The Earth Guardians) and has also taken justice into his hands after suing the US president, Donald Trump, for not taking appropriate action in order to tackle the climate change problem.
Amongst other inspirational young activists whose actions were directed towards solving environmental problems, were the Bali sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen. The two, even at a very young age of only 10 and 12, were totally aware of the fact that plastic bags, due to their non-biodegradability, are a serious threat to our environment. This is why the girls, organised beach clean-ups and held numerous presentations regarding the issue. The hard effort has definitely paid off! People from Bali stopped using the plastic bags. In fact, Indonesia is planning to completely ban plastic bags by 2021.
These stories about a boy and two sisters who were determinant to fight for the environment, has made us more aware about the importance of protecting our natural environment, as well as taught us that, when hard-working and patient enough, we can, in fact succeed.
To conclude, although in some countries people tend to criticize teenagers for publicly speaking their minds about certain issues, it is evident that adults still have a lot to learn from youngsters. Do not be afraid to speak your minds, do stand up for your ideas and most importantly, no matter what others tell you, fight for your people’s freedom and for the safety of the world!