By Pirzan Turel and Benjamin Farber
On Sept. 20, 2019 thousands of young people took to the streets of Boston as part of the youth-led climate strike. Among them was 16-year-old Randolph resident Faridah Azeez, who founded the Blue Hills Hub branch of the Sunrise Movement.
Azeez works hard to juggle academics and extracurricular activities with advocating for environmental preservation, she does her best to strike a healthy balance.
The Sunrise Movement is a group of people under the age of 35 advocating for climate change and environmental conservation. In November 2018, the Sunrise Movement organized a sit-in protest in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington, D.C. The group made national news and ever since then they have been very prominent in climate change activism.
“Older generations have been aware of the issues of climate change for so many years, but have neglected to act upon it. Young people are taking over,” Azeez said.
A junior at Blue Hills High School, Azeez is unsure about where her future might lead but she is willing to fight to ensure the planet has one.