Today, thousands of children across the world walked out of classrooms and demonstrated in the streets for stronger action from their governments to address climate change.
In response, Y.E.C.A. National Organizer and Spokesperson Kyle Meyaard-Schaap released the following statement:
“Kids shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’ll have a safe and productive world when they grow up. Yet decades of inexcusable political intransigence and cynical pursuit of profit from the adults in the room have left them no choice. In the age of climate change, we can add our children’s innocence to the laundry list of sacrifices offered on the altar of greed.
The moral clarity of these courageous children is a gift. When few others are, they are leading with energy, creativity, and hope, and they deserve our full support. Their actions honor God the Creator, they honor their neighbors hard hit by climate impacts, and they honor themselves and generations to come. May our leaders have the courage to see them and to respond.
May we all have the courage to see them and to respond."