I listened to a 16-year-old. Almost 2 years ago, she spoke. She spoke about what she had felt for 8 years. Yes, since she was 8. Imagine living with that feeling for so long, at that young age.
Just a short time ago, I didn't listen properly. Now I believe I am. Now I understand. To be fair to myself, I didn't even know about the speech. Now I do. It wasn't on my horizon to even look it up. Now I have. I had shivers and tears fell from my eyes when I heard her and saw her. I was ashamed. A few minutes later, I decided to replace shame with Acting Up. What did she say?
She said: "And yes, we do need hope. Of course, we do. But the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come." "We can't save the world by playing by the rules. The rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today."