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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
The coronavirus pandemic has compounded food insecurity around the world and in the United States has placed great strain on foodbanks. As a result, faith groups have worked diligently to help feed their neighbors. As CNN reported, Gurpreet Singh and other members of the Sikh community in Riverside, California, started to organize efforts to […]
We asked Lori about Climate Power 2020’s work to stop the spread of climate misinformation on Facebook. ODP: Facebook promised it would fact check misinformation and even created an Oversight Board and fact-checking operation to make sure it was not spreading lies. But disinformation about climate change is still getting posted on Facebook. What happened? […]
Climate change is having long-term effects on the marriage prospects of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India,The Conversation reported today. As part of a larger project running from 2018 to 2021, the researchers interviewing over 1000 farmers to learn about the “increasing vulnerability of agriculture” in the region. What they found was, in their own words, “unexpected.”
Why This Matters: As the researchers note in their study, “the focus on climate change hitherto has mostly focused on the impacts on the natural environment.”
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