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Why caring youngsters feel destruction of our planet is personal

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We don’t spend enough time listening – really listening – to young people.

When it comes to naivety, it feels like tables have turned.

The nous, gravitas, commitment and willingness to make a difference belongs to the young, while the slopey shouldered with all the power spout hot air and fluff kicking the can of responsibility down the road as far as they can.

Last week, I spent time with inspiring, passionate and articulate young people, sixth formers and undergraduates, united by one passion, doing something about climate change.

They take the facts personally - the last five years have the hottest record since 1850, sea levels are rising by three times as much in recent years and atmospheric carbon dioxide is at its highest levels in two million years. Code red for humanity.

It is personal. It’s about their future and their children’s. They don’t get why older people don’t share their sense of urgency, priority and anxiety.

Extinction Rebellion protestors are reflecting the Code Red in their actions. Whatever we think of how they are doing it, their sentiment reflects that of young people.

They're watching climate change unfold in front of their eyes and are so impatient at the apparent lip service and sound bites about the most crucial issue in their lifetime.

They are frustrated and confused by governments' failure, questioning the conviction of........

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