Young people rallying to fight climate change should engage their parents, says U.S rapper and actor, Jaden Smith.

Smith, the 21-year-old son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, joined mass youth-led protests that took place in cities around the world in September imploring leaders to confront the climate crisis.

While climate activists such as 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg have targeted older generations for failing to act, Smith said involving adults was critical to tackling the threat posed by a warming planet.

“It’s amazing the youth have got so involved. And they have to stay involved,” Smith told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the Web Summit technology conference in Portugal.

“But that bond (with parents) really matters,” he noted, adding “Eventually, parents will see things have to change.”

Smith, who co-starred with his father in the 2006 film “The Pursuit of Happyness” about an entrepreneur’s struggle with homelessness, posts regularly on social media about water scarcity and global warming.

In September he urged his eight million Twitter followers to consider the environment and reduce their meat consumption.

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