Our Young Climate Warriors story
Katrina reflects ...
In October 2018, following the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, I spent hours one night fretting about what I was letting happen to our planet, why I personally wasn’t doing more about it and in what state I was leaving our world for our children to have to cope with.
This IPCC report tells us many things; one of the most hard hitting of which is that the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty will significantly worsen for HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people unless we keep the warming of our planet to less than 1.5 degrees centigrade. Over 1.5 degrees of warming, we will have one summer every decade without any ice at the Arctic. An additional sea level rise of around 0.6m at 2 degrees of warming compared to 1.5 degrees would mean an additional 10million people’s lives would be at risk.
Following both Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough’s speeches at Davos in January 2019, I felt compelled to convert my feelings into actions and channel my energies into a venture to try and help combat climate change. I thought about my children, and how they aren’t really yet old enough, or mature enough in their thinking, to want to strike about climate change. Surely they should have an opportunity to help shape their world, when we, as adults, are not really doing a good enough job on their behalf.
And so…I embarked upon Young Climate Warriors. Sarah, an old friend, joined the team as we launched our first weekly challenge in March.
Our aim is to engage and empower children to help combat climate change. To be able to harness the power of collective action – to make children feel that their input is valuable, not just because it is, but because by doing the same things at the same time as other children they can be part of a bigger picture, part of a team, achieve a bigger goal.
Please join the Young Climate Warrior team and help us achieve that bigger goal.
Katrina and Sarah