- 29 Dec 20
'Growing Up at the End of the World' is a deep dive into the lives of three teenagers who have taken on a momentous challenge, with viewers getting a sense of who they are and who they want to be.
Follow the path of three young Irish climate activists in Brick Films and RTÉ One's new documentary, Growing Up At The End Of The World, which airs Wednesday, December 30 on RTÉ One at 6.30pm.
Over the last year or so, young people and children across the world decided to embark on a series of school strikes, inspired by Greta Thunberg, and developed a manifesto while organising marches.
Making speeches before policymakers and building the biggest environmental movement in history seemingly started to make a difference to the actions of Governments and corporations, until the Covid-19 pandemic stopped everything in its tracks. However, while the globe has focused on the spreading virus, climate breakdown hasn't gone anywhere.
Over the course of a year and a half, RTÉ followed 16-year-old climate strikers Saoi O'Connor, Theo Cullen-Mouze and Beth Doherty as they lead demonstrations, interrogate politicians, and worked alongside Thunberg and climate activists from the developing world to create a vision for the youth movement; all while shouldering the stress of school, friends, and coronavirus.
With the momentum halted and disillusionment setting in, the activists must start afresh.
In February 2018, director Kathleen Harris witnessed Irish teenage climate activists from around Ireland speak passionately in Dáil Éireann and knew she had to create something special as a marker of change.
Take a look at the trailer for the new documentary below:
— Beth Doherty (@Beth__Doherty) December 29, 2020
Feature image: Saoi O'Connor.