The Greta Thunberg stereotype – ‘I don’t identify with that at all’

We spoke with Anna Bell who works at Fuel Change, which was set up with the aim of getting more young people active on climate change

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“If you’re into the climate, you must wear weird clothes, not brush your hair and not shower very often. I don’t identify with that at all. It’s such a minutia of the population.”

That’s what Anna Bell, the Head of Foundations at Fuel Change, had to say on the stereotype created by campaigners like Greta Thunberg on how climate active youngsters seem to be.

The organisation was set up to help young people “think about climate change in an inadvertent way and in ways they’ve never really thought about.”

She believes that many young people are disinterested in the climate conversation, as they don’t believe it’s something they can do much about and the responsibility lies with businesses and government.

Fuel Change looks to change this perspective and show that climate change is an issue that impacts all aspects of life.

What she sees as the biggest hurdle to getting younger people involved with climate change is “it’s not properly taught to people” and the problem starts at school.

“Unless you take geography or some sciences in school, you don’t get any climate education.”

What is Fuel Change doing to help get young people motivated to talk about climate change and what are its plans for the future?

Watch our latest ‘Conversation from COP’ to learn more.