Future Imperfect

Taking Action

How do young people determine that climate change is a problem that affects them, personally? What kinds of actions do they take, both individually and in community with others? And how do they describe the future they hope for? This episode explores how people make the transition from being concerned about climate change to taking action. You’ll hear from young people across the state, each of whom is taking some kind of action to fight climate change.


  • What motivated young people to attend the Sacramento climate strike in September 2019? Consider both their concerns about climate change and their hopes for the future. Which person do you most identify with, and why?

  • Did this episode change your thoughts and feelings about how your individual behaviors affect climate change? Why or why not?

  • In the final 20 minutes of the show, you heard from several people who were working to make local institutional changes as part of the larger global fight against climate change. Do you think you’d be willing and able to do what each of these four young people did? Why or why not?

    • Diego (who spoke at a school district meeting and other climate events)

    • Mikayla (who worked with her school’s environmental club)

    • Karissa (who founded an environmental club)

    • Isha (who co-founded a climate justice organization)

  • Isha describes herself as a climate justice activist. What does this mean? Do you think any other people in the show are climate justice activists? Why or why not?


In order of appearance, the young people I interviewed for this episode were: Supriya, Matthew, Elaro, Marika, Erika, Nick, Denisha, Youlin, Jonathan, Natasha, Sera, Celina, Quintajia, Annika, Aditi, and Kyle (all at the Sacramento protest). Next you hear from Hriday (Livermore), Maddie (Fountain View), Nadine (San Rafael), Amber (San Diego), Zoriana (San Francisco), Domingo (Watsonville), Vince (Santa Cruz), Brooke (Big Pine), Diego (Chula Vista), Mikayla (Windsor), Karissa (Delano), and Isha (Oakland). I also spoke with my scientist-collaborator, Nancy Freitas.


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About the urgency of the problem:

About the Juliana v. US court case:

About individual behavioral changes and the scale of the problem:

Climate activism organizations (referenced in the show):

Climate activism organizations I learned about in the process of working on the podcast (not in the show):