“We are nature and nature is us. It is a shame humanity forgot it a long time ago.“
“I am a 17-year-old boy, and I am an environmental activist since I was 12 years old,” explains Aran Consentino. It all started in middle school when the young boy was collecting signatures to introduce recycling in his school. “At the age of 14, I started fighting together with a spontaneous committee of citizens to save the torrent of my valley from its destruction. This stream is one of the last uncontaminated streams of Italy. It used to be full of native crayfish, a species protected by the European Union.
In January 2019, Aran Consentino entered the national coordination of the Fridays For Future. On February 8th, he founded the Fridays fur Future local group in Udine, a commune in north-eastern Italy. “From that time every Friday after school, I went to the streets to go on strike.”
What made you so keen to be an activist compared to other people? What was the triggering event? What is your background, and in what way does it help you as an activist?
My family and the environment where I live contributed to the fact that I developed a sensitivity towards environmental issues.
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