This is part of a youth takeover: we asked our under 25 staff and volunteers to share their stories with us in the run up to the climate strikes, because we want to put their voices front and centre. They are raw, real and they're helping RSPB get with the times - challenging us to think differently - and we love it. Between  16th - 20th October you will see a new story each day. Enjoy!

 In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists - by Tabea Wilkes (pictured left)...

In 2006, Al Gore stood on a cherry picker (pictured above) and pointed to the peak in global temperatures to show the world that: 'global warming is anything but normal'. In 2006... I was just 13 years old. 

Underwater hotels

Not long after Al Gore's revelation, The Jonas Brothers (sorry!) released their cover of Year 3000*. The lyrics were catchy: 'I've been to the year 3000, not much has changed, but they live underwater, and your great, great, great granddaughter, is doing fine.'

With this, climate change had established itself as a moral conundrum - 'do you even care about your grandchildren's, grandchildren?'. In any case, did a future which evoked visions of mystical underwater hotels even sound that bad? Even if it did, the year 3000 was far enough away that nobody really cared.

The children born in 2006 will be 13 this year. Their understanding of climate change is a little different to how The Jonas Brothers painted it, because somewhere along the way, we all realised that our grandchildren's, grandchildren would be here long before the year 3000!

Hypothetically speaking, if I had a daughter today (all being well) she would live to the year 2100 or thereabouts. By current climate trajectories, she would experience the breakdown of society as we know it - underwater hotels or not! *Please enjoy this musical interlude: