"The challenges many people face today may be different to those once faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a similar sense of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate," the Queen said.
The Queen's praise for the young activists contrasts with the responses of other world leaders, such as the President of USA, the President of Brasil, Australian Prime Minister and former UK Prime Minister.
This isn't the first time Queen Elizabeth has taken a stand on environmental issues. She was behind a 2018 decision to phase out single-use plastics from the royal estates.
Her son Prince Charles has also championed environmental causes for decades despite mockery from the tabloid press.
The theme of the Queen's Christmas speech was "small steps". It began with a reference to the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing and Neil Armstrong's famous comment that he was taking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind.
"It's worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change," the Queen concluded.
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