This Friday, with the leadership of figures like teenage activist Greta Thunberg, a massive “climate strike” is getting underway in which students and others forego their normal responsibilities in favor of demonstrating to demand attention to and action on climate change — which is already here, just to be clear. Just ask those affected by the recent Hurricane Dorian, which was one of the handful of strongest storms in the Atlantic Ocean in recorded modern history. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted in support of the climate strikers this Friday, bringing attention to the fight to protect the climate where others — particularly on the right — continue to fail.
She shared a video from journalist Brian Kahn showing parts of a climate strike crowd in Berlin where some 100,000 people had gathered, adding that it’s “incredible.” These kinds of crowds are not some ragtag band of reactionaries — they’re packed with people from all walks of life who are deeply concerned with the observable changes in the climate and the incessant refusal on some in power to put aside business and political interests and directly confront the problem.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 20, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has confronted the problem — she introduced a so-called “Green New Deal” in the House, which as a resolution included aims like getting the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions within ten years and working to protect vulnerable, marginalized communities on the front lines of climate change. Republicans have by and large refused to take the effort seriously, whining about possible impacts on meat and plastic straw availability, for instance.
Others are taking it very seriously however. During her time in the U.S., Thunberg met with interests including Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who introduced a version of the Green New Deal in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-Ky.) has refused to allow for time to debate and hash out details of the measure. Thunberg also testified before Congress this past week, speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, the latter of which Democrats formed after taking back control of the House in 2018.
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