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Stepping up when adults don’t: ‘It’s just so real for us right now’

Call it the Greta Thunberg effect – young people are carrying the burden of fighting for their future when it comes to the

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It was a busy start to last week for Anjali Sharma. The year 11 student, who is studying two extra year 12 subjects, found that all her teachers had assigned work or set tests for the same time.

It would have been a difficult enough juggle for any 17-year-old. But Sharma has more to juggle than most, and as she was taking a walk between maths and global politics exams last Thursday, another sphere of her life intruded when she checked her phone for the time.

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