How come politicians are so old while political activists are so young? Are we underrepresenting an entire generation?

Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Black Lives Matter – social and environmental activism has been increasingly pushed by young people in recent years. Young people have shown that they can dictate the political agenda from outside the traditional political realm. However, they themselves are often barely represented in parliaments and ministries. In his talk at TEDxFreiburg 2021, Simon Sumbert will explain the causes, possible actions and why everyone would benefit from youth involvement in politics.

Simon Sumbert is a student activist and, at 22 years, the municipal council’s youngest member in Freiburg, Germany. Since his early days, he has been involved in politics, youth development and participation.