Luisa Neubauer / Germany
“How can we turn this anxiety into something constructive?” says 24-year-old climate activist, Luisa Neubauer, who many people refer to as the “German Greta.” Born in Hamburg and now living in Berlin, she studies geography at the University of Göttingen. She says a sense of loss led to her involvement in climate action. “I felt we’re losing our safe space, our ecosystems, our species, and the sentiment that we could grow up on a safe planet.” She sees our current crises arising from a disconnect between humans and the environment. What’s her advice for young people? “Allow yourself to be touched by what we’re seeing around the world. Feel grief [at what’s already been lost] and joy about what’s still there,” she says. “That’s an important first step.” Connect with nature, join a movement, take to the streets, push for systematic change, and continue learning lessons.
“Generations have failed us. If we don’t do this, they won’t. “The sooner we get going the more we can do about it.”