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Building the future

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Activity 5

Building the future

Text A
Text A

At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then,why do you go out and do — do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why you are attending these conferences — who you're doing this for. We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in.

Severn Suzuki’s speech at the United Nations, 1992.
Text B
Text B

Youth are organizing because so many of us have failed them; they are organized because so many of us have served them well. We have taught their civics and history classes, advised Gay Straight Alliances, Civil Rights Teams, Environmental Groups, Feminist Clubs; we have created nonprofits with their critical consciousness and empowerment in mind. [...] This is an awakening.

“This Is An Awakening: The Power of Youth Activism”, Lyn Mikel Brown,, 2018.
Text C
Text C

Do you think combating climate change is particularly important for kids and young adults? Definitely. Our generation [has] contributed the least to this problem but we’ll feel its effects the most. It’s really shameful for past generations and those in power right now that they have allowed this negligence for their children and their grandchildren. Youths right now are threatened with food insecurity, sicknesses, depleting water sources and coast erosion. We will feel the effects of climate change for the longest as the youngest generation alive today.

“Kids versus Fossil Fuels: A Chat with a Teenage Activist”, interview of Kelsey Juliana by Jennifer Hackett,, 2016.
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You are in charge of one text.

What kind of text is it?
Workbook p. 94
Sum it up in one or two sentences. What messages is the author trying to convey?

Useful vocabulary: This is an extract / excerpt from...
It was a speech delivered on...
It is published on...
Basically, he / she wants to say that...
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other texts.

Together, find the common points and the differences between the texts.

Which one do you find the most inspiring? Why?

Why do teens have a different way of fighting for a cause?

Do you agree? Do you see other reasons?

Useful vocabulary: ... is really a striking argument...
Teens are not limited by...
Teens draw their determination from...
He / she / It makes a point...
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Let's learn!

Guessing game

Select one word or expression from this double page and write a definition of it.
Read your definition to make your classmates guess your word or expression.

Over to you!

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Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

Post a comment on the video page to give your own opinion about teen activism (120 words). Explain why you think teen activists can really make a difference.

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