When Greta Thunberg mouthed the immortal phrase “blah, blah, blah” at last week’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, she hit the headlines and more than a few nerves. Greta was voicing the fears of many young people, acutely aware that talk can be cheap if it isn’t backed up by meaningful commitment.
In the wake of the 2015 Paris agreement, calls for action are getting louder, particularly as the language of “climate change” gives way more alarmingly to “climate crisis”. I am proud that Putney students are not only making their voices heard but proactively seeking solutions.
One of the participants at the Glasgow summit is Ananya in Year 12. She has been instrumental in gathering voices for ActNow, an official COP universities project film, being screened at the summit. In it, young people from around the world talk about their hopes and fears, their climate pledges, and their demands of the COP negotiators.