Photography Joost Vandebrug

global youth, part two

i-D's contributing photographers grab their cameras and hit the road, scouring the planet - from Bangalore to Belfast, Hawaii to Harlem - to discover the issues affecting young people today.

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Jun 22 2016, 2:25pm

Photography Joost Vandebrug

Andrei Yetbarek, 11, Transylvania, Romania. Describe your village to someone who has never been before... We have mountains but also a lot of rubbish. What are the biggest issues facing young people in your country/city today? We have to walk to school, which is a very long way. Sometimes we stay in the village, but I like to go to school. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of your village? I want it to be cleaner with more rooms in the houses, and better roads.

Photography Joost Vandebrug

Alexandruj, 13, Transylvania, Romania. Describe your country to someone who has never been before… We live on a mountain and in the summer we play soccer. What are the biggest issues facing young people in Romania today? It's very cold in the winter but that's not really a problem, we burn a lot of trash. What changes would you like to see in the world? More buses to go to the city when we want. If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I would make this a really nice village, with lots of trees and parking for cars. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? When I grow up I want to live in the city and have a car so I can always visit my family here. 

Photography Kristin-Lee Moolman

Nathi Phandliwe, 23, South AfricaDescribe your country to someone who has never been before…South Africa is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-national country with people from all around the world calling it home. We are rich in minerals and diversity, and there's always something new to try. If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I would ensure everyone knows the government is about serving the people and not political gain. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? I hope to see a united nation that can get past all the pettiness of politics. I would like to see a nation of young people that are conscious of their surroundings. A nation that celebrates each other's differences and is united in one common goal.

Photography Kristen-Lee Moolman

Katu Malesa, 21, South AfricaDescribe your country to someone who has never been before… South Africa is a developing country, rich in culture, tradition and natural resources. It's a country filled with diversity, history and picturesque landscapes. I would describe it as a third world country with first world potential. What are the biggest issues facing young people in South Africa today? Economic freedom and social equality. Those two interrelated factors are the most poignant issues facing our people. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? I think young people are more awake than ever before, however there are still a number of youth who choose not to participate in politics. This negligence is due to not seeing any change. So many believe that their vote won't make a difference. 

Photography Lola Paprocka

Nemanja Izgarevic, 19, Serbia. Describe your country to someone who has never been before… Serbia is a beautiful country, every town and city has a history and an interesting story. The nightlife is very well organized and completely outstanding. What are the biggest issues facing young people in Serbia today? There are people at the top of the pyramid who hold on to their positions tightly, and if there is any threat towards them then they do everything in their power to quell those threats and move themselves further up so they become impenetrable. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? I hope that one day the system will change, that there won't be so many soulless people. I hope that there will be changes, but change has to start from within ourselves.

Photography Pani Paul

Ryan Thomas O'Toole, 19, UKDescribe the UK to someone who has never been before... We are a multicultural country, London pops off and is great for all sorts of exciting subcultures, great for going out. Most of all we are a free country, if you compare us to others. If you were a politician, what would you do differently? Lower rent. My idea would be to help people my age and people who actually need help, like people on the dole. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? I really don't think politics is the answer. I don't believe in the empowerment of the hierarchy. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? For humans to better understand the planet and its people. 

Photography Piczo

Manami Kinoshita, 22, Japan. Describe Japan to someone who has never been before… Traditional. What changes would you like to see in the world? I'd like to see a new society not based on money. What do you think governments need to do to make those changes reality? Hug each other. If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I would make a world that is kinder to poor people. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? Handsome guys need to be politicians. 

Photography Rosie Matheson

Noa Auweloa, 18, Hawaii
What are the biggest issues facing young people in Hawaii today?
Blindness. What changes would you like to see in the world? Peace, love, and harmony. What do you think governments need to do to make those changes a reality? We need a greater focus and acceptance of culture. How will people remember your generation? Through stories. How can you be more accepting of your neighbor? Aloha. 

Photography Sam Hiscox

Lydia Hernández Rijswijk, 19, Netherlands. Describe your country to someone who has never been before… The Dutch countryside is like this surreal, flat, and structured garden. The fields are perfectly symmetrical rectangles and during spring, each is filled with a different color of flowers. What changes would you like to see in the world? I wish the world would become less sexist. It's scary how even in Western countries sexism is still present, that some men actually think women are inferior. What do you think governments need to do to make those changes a reality? I think it would be a big step if we made sure all women could get a proper education, to show society they are as capable as men on all fronts. 

Photography Sam Hiscox

Shaughnessy Brown, 21, USA. What are the biggest issues facing young people in America today? Our generation is being set back by politicians and the aging class who grew up during The Cold War. They fear change, they fear their neighbors, and they fear themselves... it's an illness. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? We need to empower them. Schools in the US teach conformity, you leave school assuming that most things are already figured out, that there's nothing left to discover, and life is about getting a job and becoming part of the routine. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? Clean it up and cut down on the number of humans. We've made the planet sick and we're going to feel the blowback very soon. 

Photography Sam Hiscox

Temieka Biasin, 21, Australia. Describe your country to someone who has never been before... Australia is very laid back, especially in Perth where I was born, which is the most isolated city in the world. One major bonus is Western Australia's coastline, our beaches are so pristine and beautiful… but watch out for sharks! What changes would you like to see in the world? Australia is ridiculously strict on bringing in refugees, which should not be an issue at all as everyone should be welcomed with open arms and Australia has so much to give. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? It needs to be introduced to the school curriculum. If we include politics in our education, we have a better idea how to get involved instead of steering away soon as we hear the word "politics." Our voices will actually be heard.

Photography Sonya Kydeeva

Abu, 20, Russia. Describe your country to someone who has never been before... Chaotic. Russia is a country where you can learn about real life, but Russia is not for everybody. What changes would you like to see in the world? Government activities must become more transparent to the citizens of the country. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? Young people need to have a real opportunity to participate in political decisions but unfortunately this is impossible because the government is isolated and has a hierarchal system. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? Colonization on Mars.

Photography Sonya Kydeeva

Trofim, 19, Russia. Describe Russia to someone who has never been before... Many people think Russia is a closed country, cold and rough, but actually everyone wants to be more Western. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? First of all, the government should be interested in attracting young people into politics to give them the opportunity to influence decisions. What changes would you like to see in the world? I would like to have more freedom to move, to go abroad easily to see how people live there. What do you think governments need to do to make those changes a reality? The government needs to reach an agreement on all issues with other countries.

Photography Sophie Green

Laddu Kumar, 18, India. Where were you born and where do you live? I'm from Bihar and I live in Delhi. Describe yourself in three words… Passionate, joyful, determined. What would you most like to change about the world? Poverty. What does social media teach you about the world around you? That it's an unequal world. What do you think unites youth around the globe? Hope…and cricket. How will people remember your generation? The ones that changed the world for the better. Finish the sentence: home is… Where family are. I miss my home. I'm in Delhi to support my family. The struggle for daily bread drives us away from our loved ones. Why is diversity so important to this generation? Because it breaks down prejudice.

Photography Takay

Nao Takahashi, 20, Japan. Describe your country to someone who's never been before… The best country ever. What are the biggest issues facing young people in Japan today? There hasn't been a revolution in my industry for a while. What changes would you like to see in the world? No boundaries. What do you think governments need to do to make those changes reality? Everyone must voice their opinion and believe in justice. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? I want this planet to be filled with people that have uninhibited dreams

Photography Takay

Tappei Jodai, 21, Japan. What are the biggest issues facing young people in Japan today? We still discriminate against people with tattoos. How do you think we can get young people involved in politics today? Make the reporters show more interesting news. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? I want to be able to meet aliens. 

Photography Tom Johnson

Connor Newall, 17, ScotlandWhat are the biggest issues facing young people in Scotland today? Poverty. What changes would you like to see in the world? We need to get rid of racism and hunger. What does social media teach you about the world around you? How small the world is… What do you think governments can do to make those changes a reality? Be kinder and communicate more. To what extent is your identity tied to where you are from? I'm real and straightforward. 

Photography Tom Johnson 

Zoe Agnew, 15, Scotland. What are the biggest issues facing young people today? Gender inequality. What changes would you like to see in the world? I'd like there to be less negativity. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of our planet? That my generation will be remembered for making a positive impact on the world.