Contributing author: Hannah Schlueter
Around the world, young people are demanding and creating change in their own communities and beyond. Movements such as March for Our Lives and the School Strike for Climate are amplifying the voices of young people and their vision for the future.
According to the United Nations, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 globally — the largest youth population ever. International Youth Day was created to celebrate the achievements of young people and to bring awareness to the unique challenges and problems faced by youth around the world.
Among these leaders is Haile Thomas, a 19-year-old activist, motivational speaker, and the youngest Certified Integrative Health Coach in America. Her new book, Living Lively, published July 28, features 80 plant-based recipes along with her “7 points of power” manifesto to inspire the next generation of leaders to take care of their health and each other.
To celebrate, Food Tank has put together a list of 18 youth who are making a positive impact in the global food system. These activists, entrepreneurs, students, and authors are demonstrating that young people are working to bring change to global food issues.