For the youth, in particular, climate change is an ever-pressing issue. As we inch closer to the “point of no return,” many children have been forced to become activists and call for action. Recently, 10-year-old Francisco Javier Vera addressed the Colombian Congress and gave a passionate speech that impressed many.
“Today, I came to represent my group Guardianes por la vida to ask everyone to take consciousness of the damage we’ve caused the environment, you and me, the damage we’ve caused,” he said. “I ask you, as senators of the republic… legislate for our lives. For example, go against fracking campaigns, animal testing, single-use plastic and the mistreatment of animals. We are, in my opinion, unfairly tasked as children to fight for our planet.”
On top of talking to the country’s most powerful people, Francisco is also out there protesting and raising awareness in any way possible. The young boy is at the forefront of the fight against climate change and he’s inspiring others as well.
Learn more about him below.