A portrait series of Generation Z and what they will miss if Earth succumbs to climate change. Photographed at the 2019 Climate Strike in New York City for Buzzfeed News.
“Everything. I’m only 17, I haven’t lived. It’s scary.” Melanie Franco, 17, from Queens, NY.
“I’m most afraid of losing the beauty of the night sky because in the future we might not be able to see that anymore.” George Kelly, 17, from Bronx, NY.
“I’m scared to have kids because I’m afraid they’ll grow up in a world where it’s not safe to live anymore.” Emily Lee, 16, from Brooklyn, NY.
“I want to be a veterinarian and just the thought of seeing all those animals dying would hurt. Somebody has to do something and that’s where we come in.” Kelvin Cortez, 16, from Queens, NY.
“Getting to see beautiful places and experiencing them with friends and family.” Aquinnah Lane Thurlow, 13, from Hoboken, NJ.
“One of my biggest fears is losing the animals because we’re losing so many animals and their natural habitats. We’re seeing the color fade away.” Natalie De La Cruz, 17, from Manhattan, NY.
“I’m really afraid of missing out on natural land and seeing our land filled with landfill. I see it already and it’s really scary.” Kristina Dang, 17, from Bronx, NY.
“I’m afraid that day-to-day life will get more challenging. I’m not sure that we are set up to supply the skills and resources that would be needed to live in an environment that is altered much more than what we’re doing now.” says Devorah Bry, through tears, who is 7 1/2 months pregnant with her child.
“I’m afraid to lose our animals and creatures because they’re a big part of our world. The forests and oceans will be really bad for the animals. We need to change the world and how it is.” Sumaya Khatari, 13, from Brooklyn, NY.
“I want my kids to have a place to live and experience the same wonders I’ve experienced, such as the coral reefs. I want my kid’s kids and all the future generations to enjoy Earth.” Jeanne Bransbourg, 16, from Brooklyn, NY.