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Youth Unstoppable

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Youth Unstoppable (86:00) 2018

CURATOR

Rajashree Ghosh
Affiliated Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

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WHY I SELECTED THIS FILM

Climate change represents one of the defining issues of this  generation. Storms, raging fires, and severe droughts accompany  increasing global temperatures and rising sea levels. Youth political activism in response to this crisis is growing worldwide. The film  captures local action in hometowns as well as coordinated demonstrations at international forums. Youth are no longer  sidelined—they’re emerging as outstanding voices and political leaders in the debate. As the next generation to inherit the earth, young people are calling for a just transition to a resilient climate future that is equitable for all. 

SYNOPSIS

"Change is coming whether you like it or not." --Greta Thunberg, organizer of Fridays for Future

Climate change represents one of the defining issues of this generation. Storms, raging fires, and severe droughts accompany increasing global temperatures and rising sea levels. Youth political activism in response to this crisis is growing worldwide. The film captures local action in hometowns as well as coordinated demonstrations at international forums. Youth are no longer sidelined—they’re emerging as outstanding voices and political leaders in the debate. As the next generation to inherit the earth, young people are calling for a just transition to a resilient climate future that is equitable for all.

The seeds sown by the youth movement have grown into a global network. A new generation of young politicians, such as U.S. representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are making climate change a mainstream issue. Young people are optimistic that a just, caring, and sustainable world is possible.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOCUS

Climate justice is environmental justice. Youth Unstoppable spotlights the role that youth activism plays in pressing global leaders for climate ambition and climate justice. Filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the little-known story of youth—including herself—who were joining the global youth climate movement and turning up in growing numbers at global conferences, demanding action on climate change to avert the unjust and unnecessary catastrophes that scientists have been predicting for decades.

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