Young people are essential to our climate future

WWU IN THE NEWS: Teena Gabrielson
Window magazine staff

The Seattle Times recently published “Zero Climate Solutions without Gen Z,” by Dean of the College of the Environment Teena Gabrielson, who reminds us that the future of the planet is entwined with our willingness to support young people.

“Young people have always been at the forefront of change, and society needs to prioritize nurturing them to become future environmental and sustainability innovators—across all fields,” Gabrielson writes.

She’s not just talking about the technical skills and behavioral changes we’ll need to reduce climate change. “Educational institutions also must work intentionally to build a social infrastructure of belonging that enables individual confidence and collective agency in young people,” she writes.