You don’t have to be part of Generation Z, a Millennial or even a Boomer to be in the “right” age group to go green. You just have to want to!
There can be a lot of hesitation when deciding to go green, and some things that might come up are:
“Is it too late for me to make an impact?”
“What is the best way to go green?”
“How much of my life should I overhaul?”
We believe that no matter when in your life and how far you decide to go, any small shift helps. We’re rounding up some of our favourite green advocates to prove that it truly doesn’t matter how old you are, you can go green at any age.
Greta Thunberg - 18 years old
The author of the book, “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference” Greta Thunberg fits into what we practice at NENA beautifully. A Swedish environmental activist, she works to address the problem of climate change. In recent years she inspired an international movement to fight climate change and has become a leading voice, inspiring millions to join protests around the world.
Greta works to reduce her carbon footprint in any way she can, including limiting air travel and being vegan. She also successfully had her parents switch over to a vegan diet after stating that eating animal products is stealing her generation’s future.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez - 21 years old
An indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful new voice on the frontlines of a global youth-led movement, Xiuhtezcatl and his group the Earth Guardians believe that today's youth will play an important role in shaping our future. He’s spoken to large crowds about the effects of fossil fuels on the indigenous and other marginalized communities.
Despite his age, Xiuhtezcatl is familiar with the spotlight, following in his activist parents’ footsteps and public speaking since the age of six.
Majora Carter - 54 years old
An American urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City, Carter founded and led the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx from 2001 onward, before entering the private sector in 2008. She’s worked to integrate sustainable programs into the Bronx as she’s witnessed the effects of generations of neglect on this NYC borough.
The Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training Program was one of the first urban green-collar training programs in the nation. Majora fights to “green the ghetto,” encouraging urban renewal, green-collar jobs and environmental justice.
David Suzuki - 85 years old
A Canadian academic, science broadcaster, and environmental activist, David Suzuki is best known for his ability to make scientific and environmental issues relatable to the public, especially through his television segments. He was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians for his efforts to educate the public about climate change, overfishing and other looming catastrophes.
You may have heard about the David Suzuki Foundation, which he co-founded in 1990. The foundation’s focus? That respect for nature and interdependence with it must be our species’ top priority.
Dr. Jane Goodall - 87 years old
Best known for being the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Having spent 50 years in the jungle before returning back to England, Jane is renowned for her findings that suggest many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human may have been inherited from common ancestors that we shared with chimpanzees millions of years ago.
“Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference,” are words up on the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization committed to continuing her trailblazing work to protect chimpanzees and inspire people to conserve the natural world we all share.
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