Gen-Z has been emerging and growing into a generation of political activists for collective issues in the U.S. and the world. The Climate Change debate is heightened with the introduction of young people’s protests.
Greta Thunberg recently addressed United Nations leaders with a no-nonsense speech chastising them for doing little to nothing to avoid environmental disaster.
What makes Gen-Z activists like Thunberg so powerful? Could this be our last hope as a country? A species? A planet?
The Later half of Millennials started the ‘woke’ movement and Gen Zers rose the f*ck up.
Remember the beginning of the “woke” movement? BLM did much of the heavy lifting to bring wokeness to mass consciousness. Becoming woke was and is to promote political and social justice knowledge.
So the early 2010s when later millennials were becoming adults really made it possible for younger teens and kids in Gen-Z to come into their own understanding of what it means to be woke, and later what to do with it.
Why does Gen-Z care?
Gen-Z will bear the brunt of climate change, and deal with all the BS. Earth is cooked in so many ways. And young people know this and know they’ll have to deal with the worst of it.
Gen-Z knows that gun violence in the U.S. affects them specifically and they’ve been through shootings again and again. The answers are simple.
White Gen-Zers are more willing to explore and understand racial politics and issues, in part because POC Gen-Z have the ability to be more vocal through social media.
Gen-Zers use all their resources
Armed with access to woke materials, social media and technology they’re the best equipped to take a stand and make shit happen.
They’ve got their own peers to emulate, like Greta Thunberg, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg. Plus they’ve got a few millennials here and there to look up to, AOC, BLM founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi.
Gen-Z has a lot going for them and they’re smart enough to use it to secure a future worth living for all of us. So how will you help? There are 10,080 minutes in a week, surely some of those are worth spending on fighting for what you believe in.