‘Young people will bear brunt of coming climate change’

A letter from Lawrence Vousden:

By Letters
Friday, 5th November 2021, 5:30 am
Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

COP26 is under way and is considered the world’s best last chance to get climate change under control.

As an insurer, we’ve already seen the devastating effects of climate change across the globe.

But ultimately it is young people who are going to feel the biggest impact of the crisis.

So why are their voices not being heard or acted upon?

For many years now, young climate-activists have been doing a phenomenal job in the fight to save our planet.

And it should be recognised that their activism has been more successful than any government in increasing awareness of the severity of the crisis.

Recently we brought together five prominent youth-climate activists for our Youth Against Carbon Conference (available to watch on YouTube).

It was a chance to brainstorm and debate solutions and have their voices heard.

We are now using our influence to champion their voices to the UK Government and spur greater action.

We can’t afford to deny young people their voice.

If we want to see lasting change, we must give them greater power and influence as a matter of priority.

Lawrence Vousden, head of sustainability, Zurich UK , London

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