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This week young people are raising their voices – holding a press conference on Capitol Hill today and organizing a nationwide “Climate Strike” on Friday — in an effort to get all our attention on the topic of climate change. Just yesterday, The Washington Post published the results of a new Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll which found that a “solid majority” of American teens are convinced that climate change “will cause harm to them personally and to other members of their generation,” and that “1 in 4 have participated in a walkout, attended a rally or written to a public official to express their views on global warming” even though they are not yet eligible to vote.
Why This Matters: Our original concept for the Climate Forum was to give students a chance to speak to the Presidential candidates directly. That is why we are so pleased to be partnering with MSNBC and Georgetown University and its Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy, which both agreed that this event HAD to highlight student voices. Students at Georgetown plus Iowa State University, University of Southern California, and St. Anselm’s College will appear on camera during the event asking questions of the candidates, and questions will also be fielded electronically during the Forum from another group of schools that are hosting watch parties. We are so pleased to be part of this historic week for young people. It is young people who are fueling this movement.
Washington Post – Kaiser Family Foundation Poll of Teens Age 13-17 margin of error +/-5% Graphic: Adrian Blanco, The Washington Post
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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