Which country has the youngest citizens, China or India? As per the statistics of the United Nations Population Fund, India’s population is younger with its median age of the is 26.7, than China of 37.0. Between 10-29 years of age, India’s population is 490 million and that of China is 388 million. But surprisingly, both countries are equally young in their thoughts and in their responses to the challenges they face particularly when it comes to the protection of the planet and concerns of climate change.
Developed countries, in contrast, have a much older population and they do behave like old people. Climate protests, even by the younger population in the developed countries, appear to follow old citizen’s pattern, like street protests, strikes ( by not attending schools), giving speeches like angry old people and scolding with words like ‘ How dare you’?
In contrast, my interaction with Indian and Chinese young students revealed much fresh and younger approaches to issues like climate change. I have been talking to students in China for the last 3 decades and more intensively for the last 3 years.
The interaction included how the overall dynamics of Climate Change is changing across the globe. My emphasis was on the participation of youth in the initiatives started by the United Nations and the associated organizations and how it is crucial for youth to be more active in getting greater results out of those.