Youth Climate Movement

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Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate excoriate world leaders for ‘Blah, blah, blah’ climate failures

Noted young climate activists Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate on Tuesday excoriated global leaders’ response to the planetary crisis, with Thunberg calling it “a betrayal of all present and future generations.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “Our leaders are lost,” said Nakate of Uganda, “and our planet is damaged.” Their blunt remarks came in keynote addresses at the […]

September 29th

Climate inaction has left majority of young people believing humanity is doomed

Amidst a sharp increase in deadly wildfires and flooding, increasingly violent storms, and extreme heat, new research published Tuesday found that refusal by governments to act on the climate emergency is causing a widespread sense of hopelessness and eco-anxiety in teenagers and young adults worldwide. By Julia Conley Common Dreams A shocking 58% of the children […]

September 18th

UNICEF reports nearly half the world’s children at ‘extremely high risk’ from effects of climate crisis

On Friday, the third anniversary of climate campaigner Greta Thunberg’s lone protest outside the Swedish Parliament, a global report revealed the scale of risks posed by the climate emergency for the world’s children. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The United Nations’ agency for children’s rights, UNICEF, introduced the first-ever Children’s Climate Risk Index, which shows that nearly half of […]

August 22nd

Civilian Climate Corps – A better future for our children

Like most parents, I think carefully about my kids’ future. I want them to be happy and safe and have love and joy in their lives. I also want them to be able to get meaningful work that pays a decent salary and offers healthcare and other benefits. I want them to be protected from […]

July 12th

Greta Thunberg to world leaders: Time for climate action, not more messaging

Greta Thunberg addresses the Austrian World Summit, and doesn’t mince words in her talk to leaders including Angela Merkel, António Guterres, and Alok Sharma. “During this time, more and more people around the world have woken up to the climate and ecological crisis, putting more and more pressure on you, the people in power. Eventually […]

July 3rd

For climate deniers, storming the Capitol and killing cops is fine, but a peaceful climate protest is “insurrection”

On January 6th, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters violently stormed the US Capitol building with the intent to disrupt a democratically determined succession of power and murder the vice president and various other congresspeople. They failed, but their impotent rage nevertheless caused at least five deaths, including of Capitol police. By Climate Denier Roundup Fast forward […]

‘Can you hear us, Joe?’ Sunrise youth barricade White House to denounce climate compromise

Hundreds of activists with the youth-led Sunrise Movement marched through the streets of Washington, D.C. and converged on the White House Monday to make clear they have no intention of dropping their call for an infrastructure package that includes robust investments in green energy and public works, particularly a New Deal-inspired Civilian Climate Corps.   By Jake […]

July 1st

500+ groups rally on Capitol Hill demanding nd to ‘outrageous’ fossil fuel subsidies

The U.S. movement for climate justice continued a series of actions planned for the nation’s capital this week with a Tuesday morning rally focused on ending fossil fuel subsidies. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams As high temperatures persisted in both the Northeast and Pacific Northwest—which experts and activists have connected to the climate emergency—campaigners with hundreds of progressive […]

June 30th

Norwegian ‘People vs. Arctic Oil’ case heads to European Human Rights Court

After repeated rulings from Norwegian courts that the nation’s oil policy does not violate its constitution, six young climate activists and two environmental groups have announced an application for a related case to the European Court of Human Rights. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The activists—ages 20 to 27—along with Young Friends of the Earth Norway […]

June 23rd

Could Biden’s Civilian Climate Corps save America?

The President’s bold Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) announcement could be just what we need to get America back on its feet. This program would bring jobs to people who have been underserved by the past economy. Teens, especially urban teens, adults over 50 and disabled Americans would all be trained for productive employment. Of course, green energy will be […]

June 20th

Why the climate movement must do more to mobilise older people

Some say age is only a number. Others associate age with wisdom. Or perhaps it is a state of mind. Whatever it is, age is a factor in climate progress, and 2021’s renewed climate momentum must mobilise the oft-overlooked elderly demographic. By Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University and Bradley Hiller, Anglia Ruskin University The Conversation […]

‘Negotiate With Us, Not the GOP’: Sunrise activists rally at White House to protest Biden’s climate compromise

As President Joe Biden looks to cut an infrastructure deal with Senate Republicans by dramatically curtailing the size and scope of his American Jobs Plan, activists with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gathered outside the White House Friday morning to make clear that compromising on climate action to appease the GOP is unacceptable. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Varshini […]

June 5th

Earth Day 2021: Greta Thunberg says humanity must not be fooled by ‘bullshit’ climate targets at summit

Just before U.S. President Joe Biden’s two-day virtual summit on the climate crisis got underway, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday shared a video message calling out the “bullshit” of world leaders who she says are failing to take the steps necessary to confront the planetary climate emergency. By Common Dreams staff Posted online by NowThis News, the video […]

April 22nd

How children are taking European states to court over the climate emergency – and changing the law

Even before Greta Thunberg launched her school strike for climate at age 15, youth activists have been key players in public action on the climate crisis. Now they’re breaking new ground in court. Aoife Daly, University College Cork; Pernilla Leviner, Stockholm University, and Rebecca Thorburn Stern, Uppsala University The Conversation On November 30, six Portuguese […]

April 19th

Indigenous youth take to DC streets with demands to #ShutDownDAPL and #StopLine3

A group of Indigenous youth activists rallied in the nation’s capital on Thursday to demand President Joe Biden reject fossil fuel pipelines including Line 3 and the Dakota Access Pipeline. “We came to D.C. to give the fossil fuel snake back to the U.S. We don’t want the pipelines you snaked through our communities without […]

April 4th