Talk: Making Change With Gen Z Jan. 21

Camden Conference
Jan 07, 2020
Pearl Benjamin

Camden — The Camden Conference will host Pearl Benjamin at the Camden Public Library, Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Her free talk will be “Making Change With Gen Z.”

High school student and journalist, Benjamin describes the generational divide present in modern media and activism as seen from a teenager’s perspective. She will discuss the importance of young voices in today’s politics and how every generation can get involved in fighting for a brighter future.

“Gen Z has an uncertain future. Our environment, democracy, economy, and way of life are being threatened by a changing climate, increasing debt, and harsh political atmosphere, said Benjamin. “In a time when the futures of young people are so relevant to today’s politics, teenagers need a platform to stand up and speak out. But a generational divide keeps activists of different ages from experiencing critical media the same way. How can boomers and teenagers work together to make change? How can we bring all perspectives to the table when it comes to making change?”

Pearl Benjamin is a senior at Watershed School in Camden. She also writes a column called "Seen and Heard" for the Camden Herald, that discusses issues pertinent to teenagers like climate change, school policy and gun violence. Benjamin is a co-founder of local action network Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition and serves on the Town of Camden’s Energy and Sustainability Committee.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.

 

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