Young people are making their voices heard on issues that directly affect them, from gun violence to climate change. High school students will lead a march this Saturday from West High to the Utah State Capitol to call for solutions to gun violence. Students led a march last April from the library to the Governor’s Mansion to ask for solutions to our ever-rising temperatures and declining snowpacks. Young people are not only protesting, but are turning their protests into action.
Lauren Barros wrote a fine letter, “We have spoken loud and clear” (Deseret News, March 16), about a climate resolution, HCR 07, that Logan High School students originally wrote. Rep. Becky Edwards (R-Bountiful) modified the language and introduced it as “Joint Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship.” Students commendably contacted every Utah legislator seeking their support.
The civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis said, “What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and it's grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible.” Older people, especially elected leaders, can learn from a thoughtful, intelligent, focused youth movement to create safer communities that are the best place for families.
David Folland, M.D.