As young people world-wide participate in the global climate strike this week, Virginia Tech’s Karen Kovaka says it’s not surprising that youth are at the forefront of climate justice.

“In the case of climate change, young people have far more at stake than older generations, so it makes sense that they would take the lead,” said Kovaka.  “Decision-makers haven’t been particularly responsive to any climate activism so far, so it seems like we should try a diversity of strategies until we identify some that are effective!

Karen Kovaka is an assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, whose research focuses on ways we use science to solve social and environmental problems. 

“Marches and rallies are a good first step for people who want to be more deeply involved in activism,” said Kovaka. “They also create a sense of solidarity among like-minded people who might otherwise feel isolated.”

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