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Why the climate movement must do more to mobilise older people

By Aled Jones, Professor & Director, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University
Bradley Hiller, Visiting Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University
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Some say age is only a number. Others associate age with wisdom. Or perhaps it is a state of mind. Whatever it is, age is a factor in climate progress, and 2021’s renewed climate momentum must mobilise the oft-overlooked elderly demographic.

To date, the global climate movement has engaged young people en masse. Pre-COVID, the world witnessed a swathe of student-led climate protests, leading to broader public debate and increased youth representation in key international forums.


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