Donald Trump’s totally bizarre climate speech at the World Economic Forum this week was supposed to appease business leaders, but even the ones who are still slow-walking climate change were totally put off by it. Cartoon by ODP cartoonist, Alex Bowman.Continue Reading 41 words
Resembling fearless and determined Jedi warriors, the young participants at the UN Climate Conference on Wednesday took over the meeting briefly, flooding the COP stage, to deliver a message about the need for the Parties to have a greater sense of urgency in their work to reach consensus on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
Why This Matters: The students are a constant reminder to the leaders here that the future is literally watching them. The young people have masterfully used a simple and clear set of messages — that the countries here are failing and must be more ambitious, the countries must act with a greater sense of urgency, and the young people will not be ignored.Continue Reading 484 words
Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN Climate Action Summit sent shockwaves through the Twittersphere. Her candor, anger, and deep frustration summed up the reason that we’ve gotten to this point in terms of climate change quite simply: the fossil fuel industry has for 30 years–since the science became available–thwarted political action to significantly curb greenhouse […]Continue Reading 383 words
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Why This Matters: The student activists have clearly gotten the attention of the adults in the room. But have they helped us to reach beyond those who were already listening? Will these protests lead to tangible political action? These are important questions and the success of the entire movement lies in building political support among current skeptics, and in pressuring politicians to take action. And if anyone can get to those adults who have not been paying attention or who still don’t believe the scientific evidence of a warming planet, it is their own children.Continue Reading 349 words
You may have seen that young climate activists are planning a massive climate strike next week in the lead up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23rd. As The Daily Kos explained “[Greta] Thunberg and the movement she started organized a global climate strike March 15. Some 1.4 million people in 2,200 cities in 128 countries […]Continue Reading 366 words
ICYMI: On Friday, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg made her way to DC to join a student climate strike at the White House. She had spent most of her US trip in New York after having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Thunberg expressed that she didn’t have any interest in meeting with President Trump nor […]Continue Reading 105 words
This isn’t the first time that Greta Thunberg has been our Hero of the Week but we can’t stop singing her praises. You might recall that she’s the founder of Fridays for Future and has become a worldwide icon for climate action in just a year. After a 15-day trip (which she chronicled on Twitter) […]Continue Reading 186 words
Per Pitchfork: “The 1975 have shared the first song off their long-teased fourth album Notes on a Conditional Form. As per tradition, it is called “The 1975.” But, this time, Matty Healy isn’t singing, and the song doesn’t include “The 1975”’s traditional lyrics (“Go down/Soft sound…”). Instead, the new “The 1975” features Greta Thunberg, the […]Continue Reading 100 words
On Tuesday, moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey, announced at a press conference that they will develop a “concrete” new climate proposal as an alternative to the Green New Deal, with a goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. While it is not clear what will be in the “concrete” proposal, the lawmakers promised to consult with stakeholders in developing it, and it is less ambitious than the Green New Deal, which sets a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2030. The Green New Deal already has garnered 94 supporters in the House and has the support of all the leading Democratic candidates for President.Continue Reading 536 words
June is graduation month for many of America’s high schools and valedictorians around the country are being told by their school administrators not to mention climate change in their graduation speeches. As the Guardian reported, “schools and colleges across the US have been accused of censoring students who have attempted to use their graduation speeches […]Continue Reading 551 words
This Friday, March 15th students from 98 countries will walk out on their classes to protest global inaction on climate change. As we wrote last month, under the so-called “#FridaysForFuture” hashtag, this school strike was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (one of our Heroes of the week) and her Friday “school strikes for […]Continue Reading 373 words