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As a high schooler, Faith Ward cared about climate change. But she didn’t believe anyone would pay attention if she voiced her deep concerns.

Ward: “You don’t feel very listened to as a teenager, I think.”

But when the school shooting happened in nearby Parkland, Florida, Ward watched her peers begin pushing for gun control. She was inspired to join them, and helped organize a local rally.

Ward: “… which led me to a whole bunch of different things – voter registration and helping out with different organization efforts.”

Faith Ward and friends
Faith Ward (second from right) with friends, following the Climate March in July 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Faith Ward.

Ward realized that she could apply the skills she was learning to climate change. So this past summer, she joined a youth campaign called Zero Hour, and helped lead a climate change march through her home town of Fort Lauderdale.

Ward: “In that moment, kind of looking around and seeing all the people that were there for the cause, it also feels like they’re there for you. I think it’s a very gratifying, united feeling.”

Today, Ward is in college, and she encourages other students who are worried about climate change to speak up and get involved, too.

Ward: “I think it’s important not to underestimate what you’re capable of, and not to underestimate your abilities and how your talents can help a cause.”

Reporting credit: Ariel Hansen/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo (top of page): People’s Climate March 2017.

Topics: Policy & Politics, Youth