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Why it’s teenagers who will change the world

From the Parkland activists to the teenagers pushing for climate justice, young, digital-savvy people are fighting to make the world a better place

By Ella Robertson  

On 4 May 1970, four students were shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State University, Ohio, where students had been protesting the United States’ incursion into Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It was an expansion to a war that President Richard Nixon had promised to end.

The massacre—which wounded nine others—triggered further nationwide protests at colleges throughout the USA. The largest student strike in American history, 4 million students shut down some 450 campuses.

Almost five decades on,…

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