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#42 Climate Crisis

Climate Crisis

There’s no sugarcoating it: if there aren’t aggressive climate policy changes in the immediate future, we will see the end of humanity as we know it. If we don’t upend the rise of the earth’s temperature, we will continue towards a climate catastrophe and see more famine, severe weather conditions, and civil unrest.

Out of all this, young and poor people will suffer the most. They will have to carry the burden of the decisions of politicians who effectively have our youth’s lives in their hands.

To push for reform, many have rallied to pressure their governments to join the Paris Accord, but even it isn’t enough. Most recently, in London, after massive rallies and direct action campaigns organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion, the city’s mayor announced a state of climate emergency, effectively putting the crisis front and center. The effectiveness of their tactics are catching up in America: on January 26, climate activists will have a national day of action to combat the climate catastrophe organized by Extinction Rebellion US.

Other groups are organizing to directly engage with elected officials. The Sunrise Movement is organizing young people to pressure Congress to create a sustainable solution for the crisis. Climate advocates are starting to rally around the Green New Deal — a massive federal green jobs guarantee program —  to curb the crisis. The jobs program is being championed by the Sunrise Movement, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Justice Democrats, with allies such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), and others.

Our meeting on Tuesday will focus on the crisis: how bad it is right now (spoiler: really really bad), what solutions are possible, and what the landscape is for those fighting for sustainable green policy from within Washington DC, and on the streets.


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