Haven's parents Nicole and Ben Coleman didn't expect their daughter to be so passionate about climate change, but as parents, they welcome the opportunity to help their daughter and encourage her to pursue what's important to her.
Haven's Mom Nicole was not an environmentalist before Haven took this on, but she is now.
“I take her to all the strikes, so it’s been every Friday for a year. It’s true that Haven is missing out on 'other engagements' and school because of her activism. So it’s just trying to balance it and help her figure it out.”
When she's not on phone calls organizing climate strikes, writing op-eds or doing media interviews, Haven likes drawing and playing with her dog. When asked what the reaction has been like so far to her activism, Haven tells us:
"The response has been surprisingly positive. My school has accommodated my absences and my missed school work because they understand the importance of what I am doing. The responses on the street while striking weekly have been more positive than negative, and people stop to talk with me about climate change, which is cool. The media are very eager to talk about climate change now too because of the climate strikes."
Then she was asked how parents can help.
"Parents can help by supporting their kids, getting us to our strikes or calling in our absences. Adults of all kinds can support the youth fighting by posting about it on social media, wearing green, or attending a strike near them."
Keep making your voice heard Haven. Whether you know it or not, you're making a difference...
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