American rapper Jaden Smith implores young climate activists to involve parents

By Tom Finn LISBON, November 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young people who come together to fight climate change must involve their parents, US rapper Jaden Smith said Monday, urging environmentally conscious teenagers to try to influence in the opinions of adults at home. Smith, the 21-year-old son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, joined the mass protests led by young people that took place in cities around the world in September imploring leaders to confront the climate crisis. While climate activists such as the Swedish student Greta Thunberg, 16, have attacked older generations for not acting, Smith said that involving adults was critical to addressing the threat posed by a warming planet. It is surprising that young people have become so involved. And they have to stay involved, Smith told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the Web Summit technology conference in Portugal. But that link (with parents) really matters, he said, adding: Eventually, parents will see that things have to change. Smith, who co-starred with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happiness on the Struggle of an Entrepreneur with Homelessness, publishes regularly on social networks about water scarcity and global warming. In September he urged his eight million followers on Twitter to consider the environment and reduce their meat consumption. Smith helped establish Just Water, a company that sells drinking water in bottles made primarily of plant-based paper and plastic, after detecting a discarded plastic bottle in the ocean while sailing as a teenager. Seeing the polluted ocean ... triggered a journey towards learning about the environment. I was like 'wow, this is so innovative.' I wanted to make an impact. I started to learn about the environment, plastic, carbon dioxide. Young people like Thunberg, eager for the future of a warmer planet and angry at world leaders for not addressing the crisis, are coming together to fight climate change because they have more to lose in the future because of their age. Some parents have supported child activists as they jump out of school to protest. Smith, similarly, said his parents and teachers had played a crucial role in nurturing his passion for the environment. A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina published in May found that teenagers in the US coastal state. UU. Who were educated in the basics of man-made climate change saw their parents more concerned about the issue. Currently 37 of the 50 US states. UU. More Washington D.C. they have adopted scientific education guidelines that include the study of climate change as a result of human activity, according to Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Scientific Education. Smith appears in an upcoming long-running documentary, Brave Blue World, which examines how technology can address growing water shortages through tools such as better waste management. Water is everything, he said. It is such a special resource. We should all worry about that. (Report by Tom Finn; Chris Michaud Edition. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women's rights and LGBT +, trafficking in persons, property rights and climate change Visit This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)