Youth Unstoppable

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Frustrated by the inaction of decision-makers, young people from all corners of the world join forces for real progress against climate change. Teenage Canadian filmmaker Slater has documented their rise from the beginning. As Slater and her friends grow personally, so does their influence on the global climate debate.

Over the course of ten years, Slater Jewell-Kemker tells the story of a diverse group of young activists who stand up for a green, sustainable future. They meet for the first time at the Youth Environmental G8 Summit in Japan in 2008, when Slater is 15 years old. While they develop strong ideas about what is needed to keep human life on Earth possible, the decision-makers at the Summit seem to be from another planet. Feeling treated like a circus act, the teenagers witness with growing frustration how world-leaders fail to take real, collective action against climate change.

In the following years they will meet again at climate conferences all over the world, trying to push the negotiators to firmer action. Their voices are being heard more and more. At the same time, Slater tries to find her own place in the world of activism. While the movement grows, the calls for more radical activism grow too. Youth unstoppable is a passionate portrait of a hopeful movement, with both alarming and stunning footage of environmental degradation from Canada to Nepal. 


Slater Jewell-Kemker
Country of production
87 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Scythia Films