MEET EVEANNA,13 YEAR OLD CLIMATE ACTIVIST FROM IRELAND
1.Tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Eveanna, I'm 13 years old, and I'm a climate activist from Ireland. 2.Why did you start climate activism?
I first started learning more about the climate crisis a few years ago when I noticed the sheer amount of litter around where I live. I started researching the climate crisis and how to reduce plastic in everyday life, and got my family to do the same. I started speaking out more in September 2019, after the global strike, and I now strike (online) weekly. I hope to be able to strike on the streets after lock down is over. 3. What worries you most about the future?
I worry most about what is to come in the next ten years. The natural disasters are going to become all more frequent, and air & water pollution are going to become even more of an everyday danger. I worry about future generations and the people who's lives are already badly affected by the climate crisis. 4. How is your country affected by the climate crisis?
While Ireland isn't badly affected by climate change in comparison to other countries at the moment, between 1890 and 2008, the average temperature here rose 0.7 degrees Celsius. The temperature will rise more, and extreme weather events will become more frequent. As Ireland is a small island, much of the population lives on the coast, and sea levels rising will cause flooding and loss of life. We use a lot of fossil fuels and that worries me too. Littering is an increasing problem, and all this will only get worse as time goes on. 5. What have you done to create awareness of the crisis? Kindly tell us about any actions that you have carried out in your activism.
I often feel like I'm not doing enough, but I do try! I think starting conversations about climate change and trying to raise awareness is a very important thing to do. I use social media to try and raise awareness also, by online striking, and speaking out about what I feel is important. I have joined different youth-led organizations, and I'm a part of the youth activist group in my school who try to make our school and community Eco-friendly. Knowledge is power, as they say, so educating myself and others is something I'm trying to do as much as possible. 6. What would you do for Earth if you were in a leadership position in government?
If I was in a leadership position in the government, I would treat this like the emergency it is. I wouldn't stay silent on the climate and social justice issues we're facing. I can't stress enough that this is an emergency, and we're running out of time. 7. How do you think you can get others involved in the fight for climate justice?
I think the more people know about climate change and climate justice, the more they feel the need to act. I think sharing information and showing people how it will affect them too, is vital. 8. Do you think that leaders are doing enough ?
I don't think leaders are doing enough. There are hundreds and thousands of people who are telling leaders what they need to be doing, and yet they're not being listened to. It's ridiculous, and world leaders should step up and use the power they have to act for our futures. 9. Any message for the young people out there.
We need to keep fighting, and together we can change the world.
10. Any message for the leaders.
You need to step up and do what's right. This is an emergency, and if you're going to act like children, we're going to have to act like adults. We're fighting for a future, and waiting to see what you're going to do next. Actions speak louder than words, and this is your planet too.