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This week’s climate meeting had lots of “stars” come to deliver important messages — Harrison Ford, Mike Bloomberg, Al Gore, John Kerry and of course, Greta Thunberg. But the young activists from Fridays for the Future and countless other youth groups who were everywhere at this meeting had an even bigger impact. They flooded the side events, engaged with both delegates and observers, spoke on a plethora of panels, tweeted, posted and organized. And then they took over the meeting — only briefly before security hauled them off — but they made their point. They intend to hold the political leaders here accountable. Greta is the face of this movement, but it is powered by tens of thousands of young people around the world. And for refusing to be marginalized, we salute the youth protesters at the COP this week who really got the delegates’ attention. “FridaysforFuture #TimeForAction
Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rock-steady vote in favor of environmental protection and sympathetic on issues involving clean water and air.
Why This Matters: There are many challenges to President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental laws that are working their way to the Supreme Court. Once there, the Court can effectively re-write those laws narrowing them considerably by upholding the Trump deregulatory position even if it is contrary to prior interpretations or other plausible interpretations of the statute itself.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was set to take place this November in the UK but the coronavirus has postponed the meeting for another year. But, as the Guardian reported, not wanting to waste any time, young activists in Fridays for Future are pushing ahead with their own online event this November, called Mock […]
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