Generation Z and climate change

Generation Z has mostly been exclusive in most Global South countries when climate change topic has put in discussions. In my country, Cambodia, environmental issues were not included in the education system until the pupils reach their high school. At home, the green movement is not an interesting topic to be discussed among family, resulting in a lack of knowledge regarding environmental problems.
In my perspective, immersing children at a young age into the environmental matter and including them in the climate change discussion are beneficial for the better world. At school, young students should be taught how important the environment is and how worst it is to human and animals if the planet has been polluted. At the meantime, simple method for waste management, for example, different rubbish bins for general waste and recycle waste or how to control their own waste in public area, should be put into the schooling system. Campaign on general or basic energy consumption knowledge and the negative impacts of non-renewable energy should allow the young generation to participate and let them express their thoughts and plan for their own future.
These small actions for Generation Z will have a strong impact to change society regarding environmental issues. Children have incredible power to change their parents or seniors behaviour toward waste management. For example, parents might feel ashamed when they throw their rubbish inappropriately when their children properly manage it. Moreover, children voice may be powerful to encourage their parents to pay more attention to their energy and plastic use in their daily activities.
Hence, the role of Generation Z in Climate Change is extremely important. They should not be excluded in the environmental discussion.

 

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Author

NARO RORN

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