Our youth join effort to support “Green New Deal”

“Sunrise Movement is a youth-led movement of young people committed to stopping the climate crisis,” as the group explains. “Sunrise Movement is leading actions around a Green New Deal, including by planning hundreds of launch parties across the country.”

And youth in our area also are participating in the activities. The youngest Americans — millennials and Generation Z — are set to exercise their political muscle in 2020, making up 37 percent of the electorate, according to a new study by Pew Research.

“In April, young people and adults across the United States will come together for three days of youth-led climate action. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, will kick off three days of nationwide events, including strikes, marches, rallies, and teach-ins.

“The three days of climate action, from April 22 to April 24, build on the momentum of the largest youth-led climate mobilization on September 20, 2019, when 650,000 people across the United States led strikes to call on elected officials to rise up and address the climate crisis.

“Friday, April 24 will be another massive strike day dedicated to collective power and unity. Millions of youth and adults will strike from school and work and take to the streets to participate in hundreds of events across the world.

“Climate action must be a priority as we head into the 2020 election, and we are determined to carry the momentum of these multiple days of action into the voting booth,” said Marlow Baines, Youth Director of Earth Guardians.

Time Magazine’s person of the year was 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. In the last 18 months, Greta “has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change,” the editors of Time wrote in December, when they named her the magazine’s 2019 person of the year.

More details on the previous worldwide climate strikes are here.

The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change. More details are here:

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Our youth join effort to support “Green New Deal””

  1. Soylent Green Don-
    “The Green New Deal … would crush our farms, destroy our wonderful cows,” President Donald Trump told a gathering at an Iowa rally,“They want to kill our cows. You know why, right? You know why? Don’t say it. They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.”
    By “kill our cows,” of course, Trump is not talking about the lives of actual cows — he’s attempting to build alarm, positioning the Green New Deal as a threat to the meat industry. And yet he adds, “you’re next,” as if “your” very life is inextricably bound to the well-being of industrial meat production.
    I applaud the youth movement for doing something about climate change. Especially as we head into the voting booth, to try and rid ourselves of the Methane in the White House.

    1. They seem to jump on Bloomberg for his lack of knowledge of agriculture. Trump is right there but pays a ‘ little socialism’ there way when he makes their lives more difficult.

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