"The struggle has never been about saving the planet. The planet does not need saving. If we warm it up to the point where we cannot exist we’ll be gone, the planet will still be here. It will be bruised and scarred by humanity’s crimes on it but actually once human beings become extinct, the forests will recover, the oceans will replenish. This struggle is fundamentally about whether humanity can fashion a way of mutually coexisting with nature and protecting our children and their children’s future. The most important thing you can do as a young person in the world today is become a climate activist. Become a voice for change or there will be no future to change. We have no plan B because there is no planet B".

About Kumi Naidoo

Born in Durban, South Africa, Kumi is a human rights activist and the former International Executive Director of environmentalist group Greenpeace. He serves on the boards of 350.org, the Global Greengrants Fund and UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Board. Returning to his native South Africa in 2016, he currently serves as the interim launch director for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity.