If they learn,
in the schools that we provide,
how the planet works
we have taught them they have a voice.
If we teach them how to manage the future,
but with our actions destroy their future home,
they have every right to a voice.
If they can see our greed
and short-term vision
destroying their world
their voices must be heard.
If we pay them a small percentage of an adult wage
to do an adult’s job
then they need a voice.
If they are paid as children
but need to pay adult-fares
and food and living expenses,
they need a voice.
If we are willing to employ our young people
to work in, manage or run our businesses,
they have earned a voice.
And when they strike
we should take notice and cheer them on
Because we want them to be responsible
And to be proud of their democratic rights
But the voice we have taught them
is the one we have denied them
– because we do not let them vote.