The new generation of this modern world are too often considered as lazy, apathetic and self-centered. However, there is always a strong voice of concern that emerges and sweeps the world off with their strong will and determination to bring a positive change in the world.
These activists from across the world are inspirational people who are actively working on social, political and environmental issues and are dedicated to do something about it, according to BBC.
Following are the five most awe-inspiring people who have had a massive impact on the world in their teen years.
Born and raised in Swat Valley, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai since a young age started writing and publishing an anonymous diary about her life under the Taliban rule, which quickly gained attention. She became more vocal about the right to access proper education for girls.
But, for her strong vocal voice against Taliban and the restrictions on young girls to attend school, at the age of 15 she was shot in the head by a gunman when she was in a school bus.
The assassination attempt didn’t stop her from her goals to the rights of girls to seek education. In 2014, Malala became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, the young activist said that, the award is not just for herself, it is for all the forgotten children who want education. She further said that, it is for those voiceless children who want change, and she will stand up for their rights to raise their voice.
Born in Sweden in 2003, Greta’s strong voice and concern has risen against the climate change. During an interview with BBC, Thunberg urged the world leaders and especially the British politicians to “listen to the scientists” and what they are scientifically explaining about the climate change.
Thunberg’s voice was heard throughout the world when she came up with her first school strike movement, solitary, in August of 2018 on the steps of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. More and more children and students protested in solidarity with Thunberg’s activism and more than one million students protested against climate change inaction and walked out of their classrooms.
During an emotional speech at UN climate change summit in 2018, Thunberg stated that leaders around the world are behaving like children and it is on people like her to take the responsibility to remind them of how their decisions are affecting the climate. She further said that, the older generation has caused too much harm to the world which has affected the climate drastically, the young people have to make them listen to their concerns.
Greta recently joined Extinction Rebellion protests in London and addressed the House of Commons. She’s open about how her autism has formed her activism.
The young teen from Parkland Florida was one of the survivors of the tragic 2018 mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Gonzalez along with several other teens instead of being defeated by the tragic event began a national campaign to end gun violence in US.
At the age of just 18, she co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD.
Last year in March, Gonzalez raised her voice and concerns with a powerful speech at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. she read out all the names of the 17 children who died in the shooting and then stood silent for four minutes – the length of time in which the gun man carried out his attack.
Little by little this young activist has campaigned along with other activists, advocating gun control and lawmakers in Florida passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safely Act in March 2018, which states that there will be a requirement of a three-day waiting period to be bought for most weapons, especially for those who are aged 18-21.
Andraka at the age of 15, a high school student invented what appeared to be a new, cheap way to detect pancreatic cancer.
The young teen won $75,000 for his creation at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. According to Andraka, he came up with the idea by reading free science papers which he found online.
His creation is still undergoing feasibility studies, which is made up of a strip of a filter paper covered in a solution of carbon nanotubes and a special antibody, according to Wired, and it only requires a sixth of a drop of blood.
At the age of just 17, this activist founded #FreePeriods, and organized a protest outside the Downing Street which saw more than 2000 people dressed in red, demanding government to take action against the period poverty in the UK, where many girls couldn’t afford menstrual products.
In March 2019, the UK government announced that it would be funding free sanitary products in all English schools and colleges.
George stated that, for her #FreePeriods has highlighted how a single girl can bring and impact change for the good and that’s through activism as was as the power of the internet to connect with the like-minded people.