European elections 2019: Why adults are giving kids their vote. Image copyright Handout Lilly Platt is too young to vote in the upcoming European Parliament election.
The 11-year-old won't be eligible to do so until 2026, when she turns 18. Yet her grandfather, 79-year-old Jim Platt, has found a way for her voice to be heard. When he goes to the polls, Mr Platt will vote for the candidates Lilly has chosen. The pair, who are originally from the UK but live in the Netherlands, are urging voters in all 28 EU states to do the same when they cast their ballots from 23-26 May. It is Lilly and other young people, Mr Platt told the BBC, who will suffer the worst effects of climate change. "The campaign against inaction on climate change is almost entirely in the hands of the younger generation," Mr Platt said. "If the young can't have their voices heard by standing on the street and waving placards, there are other ways that it can be done - by this proxy vote process.
" Skip Twitter post by @GretaThunberg End of Twitter post by @GretaThunberg. Youth climate strikers: 'We are going to change the fate of humanity' The students striking from schools around the world to demand action on climate change have issued an uncompromising open letter stating: “We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like it or not.”
The letter, published by the Guardian, says: “United we will rise on 15 March and many times after until we see climate justice. We demand the world’s decision makers take responsibility and solve this crisis. You have failed us in the past. [But] the youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.” The Youth Strikes for Climate movement is not centrally organised, so keeping track of the fast growing number of strikes is difficult, but many are registering on FridaysForFuture.org. “For people under 18 in most countries, the only democratic right we have is to demonstrate. The letter says: “We are the voiceless future of humanity ... The strikes have attracted some criticism and Kampus said: “We wanted to define for ourselves why we are striking.”
European elections 2019: Why adults are giving kids their vote. Inculcating A Sense Of Agency Into Children To Be A Good Leader. Voice, Participation, and Agency - Childhood Studies. This subject area is broad and essentially encompasses three distinct elements: participation, voice, and agency; so books that give a complete overview are rare.
Participation and voice are still contested concepts in some quarters, and new readers looking for balance need to choose texts that offer diverse outlooks, as well as general overview properties. Of those that are available, the most comprehensive is Percy-Smith and Thomas 2010 because of its global range and its eclectic mix of perspectives; but it does assume some prior knowledge and therefore not recommended as a starter text. A good place to start is Lansdown 2001, which provides an excellent rationale for children’s participation in very accessible language suitable for both practitioners and academics. Or, for a methods base, start with Johnson, et al. 1998.
James, et al. 2010 is essential reading for understanding the background leading up to the evolution of participation agendas. Why we need to teach younger kids to be activists, too. Celia Jacobs I grew up petrified of acid rain.
The name itself was terrifying, and it haunted my waking hours. Did it eat people’s faces? Would wild animals survive it? My parents were not activists, but they were good citizens, recycling tin foil and eschewing gill-net tuna; when I decided to write a letter to President Nixon and ask him for answers, they gamely provided the White House address. Looking back, I wish I’d known some activist tactics. I recognize this is controversial.
Juncker proposes climate change spending after Greta Thunberg speech. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Thursday that a quarter of the European Union's (EU) budget would be spent on tackling climate change.
"In the next financial period, 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards climate mitigation actions," Juncker said. "That is our goal, to ensure that a fourth of the budget goes towards climate change mitigation, and this is going to be a paradigm shift," he added. The EU budget is usually one percent of its economic output, or 1 trillion euros ($1.13 trillion) across seven years, according to Reuters. Juncker's comments came after Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, spoke at the same plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. "We know that most politicians don't want to talk to us," she said. "I'm glad to see that young people are taking to the streets in Europe to create visibility for the issue of climate change," Juncker said.
Children as activist and citizens. 16-årig klimaaktivist på EU-besøg vil ikke tale med Juncker.