Stigma on Youth

To the people who dislike our generation: as young people, the cycle of life eventually will give us the future responsibility to govern and steward the world.

We are told by our parents, our teachers and even by the general society to “act mature”, yet, when we state our own opinions, “you don’t know what you’re talking about”

Our goal is to preserve nature, in a future where the fate of our home isn’t dictated by a small group of people who control the Earth-damaging industries- mainly the fossil fuel industry because according to the Guardian, just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions.

Our goal is to ensure a just society, prioritizing well-being over materialistic things. So, why are we, Generation Z activists, looked down upon by older generations?

From systemic racism to the pandemic to economic concerns to global warming to world affairs, our generation is aware of this premonition that we all are scared of- the world has no hope. This perhaps explains why a lot of us involve ourselves in so many world issues that are ‘adult’, why we stick our nose where it doesn’t belong, why we are so disliked.

To you, our unity and voice sound like a cacophony of malarkey. In your eyes, we are toddlers, kids who still play with their dolls and LEGOs and throw temper tantrums when we don’t get what we want.

But you, too, have your toys- the world. Don’t you remember that industry giants play with fossil fuels like how an infant plays with their pacifier, leaving us with a chewed-up and moldy pacifier when they grow up, a dangerous dog-eat-dog world.

It is understandable that society has this general and intrinsic mindset: the older you are, the smarter you are; the longer you live, the more you understand how the world really works. But it is the fixation on certain mindsets that halts the betterment of society.

It’s evident that our team here at Zenerations strives to make a difference in the world.


Vienna Kwan

Vienna Kwan is a 15 year old from Hong Kong studying at an international school which allowed her to view the world from different perspectives. She is currently a writer at Zenerations! She is extremely passionate about philosophy, politics, guitar and teaching. Vienna would love to educate others through her words.

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