A healthy planet for every child is a dream worth fighting for

The paradox of today is that people have to save the planet from themselves.

Yana Polyvets
Youth activist
UNICEF / Ukraine

05 November 2019

My name is Yana, I am 16, and I live in the small town of Dobropillia in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

I have always been believed that the ecosystem of my city needs a brand-new solution. You could ask: “What can a teenager do alone?” Young people are capable of anything, for the sake of the future of their nearest and dearest, I will answer you with confidence.

You could ask: “What can a teenager do alone?”

Soil with warms
UNICEF/Ukraine
Plants in pots
UNICEF/Ukraine

Everyone has the right to a healthy environment and for this, it is worth taking care of ourselves. Yes, yes, yes – it is about taking care and respecting ourselves!

If everyone thinks about their tomorrow, buys food packed in something other than plastic, sorts their garbage and appreciates living here and now, it will help address the problem of climate change and global warming. The paradox of today is that people have to save the planet from themselves. And it is really scary and alarming.

BUT I have a dream about our environment getting better. My dream is about adults teaching their children to appreciate our planet. And it is about young people using all the information and knowledge that they have to take care of the earth. It is about children and adults working hand-in-hand.

My dream is worth fighting for.