Youth Strike Demands Climate Action, New Energy
Youth Climate Strike and the Generational Urgency of the Climate Crisis
Steve Cohen, September 16, 2019 (Columbia University Earth Institute)
“…I am confident that the world will meet the challenge of the climate crisis; but only because of the courage of…young people and the moral high ground they occupy… The global youth climate strike takes place this Friday, September 20th…[There are] more than 2500 events currently planned in 117 countries, and a large and growing number (511 and counting!) here in the US. It precedes the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday the 23rd and kicks off a week of climate actions and events planned around the world…[Y]oung people care more than old people about protecting the environment…Millennial Republicans are more likely to say global warming is happening, is human-caused, and that most scientists agree it is happening, and they are more likely to worry about global warming than older Republicans...
[And] the gap between Republican and Democratic views on global warming is smaller for Millennials than for older generations…Climate change is a different issue for young people…[because they] have never known a world without global warming…[But we] have applied new technology to problems of air and water pollution and to waste management and we have made those problems less bad. Environmental regulation has spurred innovation…These same principles can, must and will be used to address the climate crisis. We can move from fossil fuels to renewable energy…Young people know that. And they are demanding action…[The] changes are within reach, but it will take determination…The Youth Climate Strike clearly communicates the generational urgency…” click here for more