Young people increasingly are leading the way on climate change and environmental justice by pushing governments and companies to take stronger action to address the climate crisis.

Some are working in advocacy and organizing. Others are pursuing sustainability-focused careers. Whatever their method, it’s vital for young people to be in the room where the connections and partnerships are made to mitigate the effects of climate change.

"I think among Gen-Zers like myself, there is a growing sense of frustration that this message of urgency and personal responsibility isn't heard from these groups," said Denise Lee, a GreenBiz 20 Emerging Leader who hopes to amplify youth voices and incentivize governments and industry to increase their commitment to counteracting climate change. "It was not only eye-opening but uplifting to meet people at GreenBiz within the private sector who felt the same way as me."

PwC explains that it decided to sponsor the program "to bring awareness to the lack of representation of diverse leaders in corporate responsibility and responsible business leadership and to encourage efforts to help break down barriers that have historically held back diverse talent — we know we need to work across industries," according to Jeff Senne, responsible business strategy and implementation leader at PwC.

After the GreenBiz 20 Emerging Leaders’ three days in Scottdale, we asked them a set of questions.

Some answered one, two or all three questions. But one theme rings through: As much as this year’s Emerging Leaders were inspired by the speakers and industry veterans at GreenBiz 20, they also found inspiration in one another.

Read the full article about young climate change leaders by Deonna Anderson at GreenBiz.