The youth interlude

Children are frail, innocent, dainty little creatures with scant to zero knowledge about the world – this is a fairly predictable impression and has proven to be a fallacy over time by children who have done remarkable things, noble even, and equal to their adult counterparts. Children are not supposed to be viewed ignorant, weak, and unable for they are, in every way, just as capable as mature ones.

Age, I believe, can never be the sole way to gauge “maturity” or to what extent an individual can be of the greatest use to his/her society. Children do speak up and when they do, it’s even more true, more direct to the point, without any form of pretensions. I believe we need this kind of courage that children exude whenever they are faced with life-altering, soul-exposing predicaments. For one, we need this kind of gallantry in voicing our concerns about Earth – our home.

Children in Britain, despite the convenience of living in a nation where hunger and poverty is not much pronounced compared to developing countries, are all out in expressing their concern about the environment, particularly how climate change is gradually taking a toll on each and every nation – rich nations notwithstanding.

According to the new poll conducted by Ipsos-Mori for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), British children are deeply concerned about the impact of climate change on their own lives and to children belonging to poor nations. The poll found that three-quarters of 11 to 16- year-olds were worried about how global warming will change the world and wanted governments to do more to tackle the threat.

1 “The results of this survey offer a timely reminder to politicians that climate change is an issue of tremendous concern to Britons and casts a long shadow over young people’s view of their future,” said David Bull, UNICEF UK’s executive director. “Young people are not only concerned about their own future [but also] the impact climate change is having on children in less developed countries where climate change is a key driver of hunger and malnutrition.”.

Noting that children and youngsters are very much aware of the repercussions of this environmental neglect prevalent in our society, adults should also partake and impart what they can to salvage the remaining natural resources we have. It is not enough to stand passively on the sideline, as spectators. To gawk and let things happen is just as much a form of travesty as it is of apathy.

When young people can feel the dread with which climate change hails, adults must, in all their developed physiological and intellectual faculties, comprehend the core of what is happening – 1 Damian Carrington. “British Children ‘deeply concerned’ about the impacts of Climate Change”. The Guardian (UK). 17. April 2013. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/17/british-children- deeply-concerned-climate-change. Accessed 17 April 2013. how the Earth probably is heating up and how the human race till now has carelessly been exhausting every resource we have.

Knut Harald Nylænde is an investor, businessman and investment professional in the Scandinavian region. He blogs about his business interests, as well as his advocacy for climate change mitigation.