Published February 3, 2010
Pulitzer Center Student Fellow Sara Peach interviewed youth from around the world attending the COP15 conference for her reporting project "Youth Change the Climate in Copenhagen." In these videos, youth from around the world discuss the impact climate change plays on their lives.
On day 37 of her hunger strike, Australian activist Anna Keenen discusses climate justice, direct action, and the need for reflection to achieve unification.
Here, Sara Svensoon of Sweden recalls the exact moment she became a climate activist as a five year old.
Asuzu Echezona Prince of Nigeria discusses the impacts of climate change already being seen in his country, including desert encroachment, increasing poverty and hunger. Of climate change, Prince notes, "it's not really a futuristic thing, it is something that is happening right now."
Linkesh Diwan of India, discusses some of the devastating impacts of climate change in harvesting crops in India, and his journey as an activist noting, "my conscience will not allow me to see people starving and going thirsty while I eat."
Here, activist Jamie Racine challenges the youth of the world to take hold of an issue she believes defines the generation.
Swati Hingorani discusses the impact she believes climate change will have on India. Hingorani notes, "climate change is material… it has an impact on your social life, on your cultural life, at the same time on economics."
Bill McKibben, co-founder of http://www.350.org, discusses the impact of youth on the climate change conference.
Alex Wang discusses the impact of climate change on China.
This story was reported for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting as part of the Copenhagen News Collaborative, a cooperative project of several independent news organizations. Check out the feed here from Mother Jones.