Activism in the Age of COVID-19, All is Not Lost

Activism in the Age of COVID-19, All is Not Lost

From the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to the presidential election, this year was supposed to be a monumental one for climate activism. Coming off 2019 in which we saw a wave of youth climate strikes, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mass public demonstrations temporarily impossible. So does this mean 2020 will be a year […]

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Heroes of the Week:  Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

Heroes of the Week: Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

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 […]

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Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Interview of the Week: Ari Rubenstein, Fridays for the Future and Mother Earth Project

Ari Rubenstein is a high school junior who one of the leaders of the DC area “Fridays for the Future” student protest group and a Co-Founder of the Mother Earth Project, which encourages communities worldwide to decorate parachutes with artwork and concerned comments about the environment, march with them, and take them to their local politicians […]

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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Equates Climate Migrants to “Pollution”

Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Equates Climate Migrants to “Pollution”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in a news segment on Monday night created a firestorm over racist remarks in which he claimed that proposals to allow many more climate refugees to enter the U.S. would result in overcrowding and would “despoil” and “pollute” our country. 

Why This Matters:  Millions of people around the world — including Americans — are already suffering due to climate change and it has created a refugee crisis.  According to the proposal’s proponents, since 2009, a climate-related disaster has displaced about one person every second due to severe weather events, famine, drought, and rising sea levels, and other climate impacts.  The United Nations believes that 22.5 million people worldwide have been displaced due to climate change since 2009 and that number could rise to 200 million forcibly displaced people by 2050. We will be confronted with this problem regardless of whether Congress passes a law allowing the government to deal with it directly.  

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Crackdown on Climate Protests a Growing Trend

Crackdown on Climate Protests a Growing Trend

2019 is the year of the climate strike.

As more and more cities and federal governments crackdown on protests, we’re left grappling not just with free speech issues but about whether alarmed citizens should be prevented from pleading with the public to do something about the greatest threat facing humanity.

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Watch This: Indigenous Youth Drive Climate Movement

Watch This: Indigenous Youth Drive Climate Movement

While the youth climate movement has gained a lot of attention from the media this year, the efforts of young indigenous activists in this youth movement haven’t been reported enough. One of those activists is 19-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Colorado.

One of Xiuhtezcatl’s most powerful messages is that our inability to see our planet as a precious and finite resource enables greed, over-extraction of resources, and disregard for the needs of future generations:

We have to end this mindset that we can take whatever we want without ever giving back.

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