At COP 25, Young People Had the Force With Them

At COP 25, Young People Had the Force With Them

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.

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“How Dare You,” Greta Thunberg Schools the UN

“How Dare You,” Greta Thunberg Schools the UN

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 […]

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UN Holds Summit for Young Climate Leaders

UN Holds Summit for Young Climate Leaders

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.

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Amazon Employees Join Global Climate Strike

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 […]

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Greta Thunberg Comes to DC With a Message

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 […]

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Hero of the Week: Greta Thunberg

Hero of the Week: Greta Thunberg

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) […]

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