The above photo has now been featured on CNN live updates.
Look what I spotted at 9.15am in Penang today. Some youths in Penang were raring to get off the blocks to join in today’s global Youth Strike for Climate protest.
They were walking along the pavement this morning bearing placards calling for a greener world, when I ran into them.
These were new faces I hadn’t come across before. When I asked where they were from, they said they were environmentally concerned youths, some from different parts of the world, associated with a farm in Penang.
After I spoke to them, they moved a bit farther and engaged in a flash protest at a junction nearby. Their walk along the busy streets from 8am to 10am was part of a full-day programme they had lined up to mark the Youth Strike for Climate protest day.
Later today at 5.10pm more youths are expected to gather at USM to demand that we take more serious action to deal with climate change, instead of largely ignoring it and carrying on with business as usual.
While the politicians pursue an unsustainable economic model or bicker about race and religion for electoral gain, these youths are seriously worried about climate change, which they feel will imperil the world and threaten their own future.
In many ways, by not mainstreaming the fight against climate change and promoting climate resilience, we have failed the younger generation. Now the youths are standing up and making their voices heard. They will no longer be quiet.