Even without sitting through a history class, the average person knows about the great social movements throughout the years. The civil rights movements in the 50s and 60s, marches for peace in the 70s, the fight against AIDS in the 80s – every decade had a continuous social or political issue citizens sought to rectify. With that, every movement seemed to be led by a specific generation, working towards solving their generation-defining problem.
As a 16-year-old, I have sat at countless carpets, desks and outdoor classrooms, learning about these movements and how they shaped the society I was born into.
It was made extremely clear what my generation’s problem was – the task we were given, the mountain we had to climb. I have so many memories of sitting in the library of my public school, as young as the third grade, watching ‘educational’ videos of the state of our climate. It’s an seemingly innocent picture, a way to create a connection between our science unit and our futures. Picture this: 30 eight-year-olds watching videos about the animals of our world…. until the screen changes to the destruction of their habitats, the plastic in their food and the images of them suffering.