Sept 20th: Workers & Youth Join Together for Climate Action

Sept 20th: Workers & Youth Join Together for Climate Action


I have a 12 year old and an 8 year old. I have a son also- He’s 11. They both participated in the last youth strike. I said to my daughter, “Well, what’s that?” and she said, “Mommy, well you know climate change is coming.” So if he goes out on strike, I’ll definitely
be there. My name is Micah. Any my name’s Valery. We’re in 7th grade. The reason why we are here is because we want
a future for our generation. The young people are the ones we realize,
“Hey, you gotta stop this train or you’re going over the edge.” If we only have one planet than, we only have
one chance. The youth have spoken, are you listening! There is a different energy leading this than
the folks in the generations that came before. “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” These young people are talking about a future
world that they’re gonna live in and if we care about them, and we care about the future,
we have to respect what they’re saying. This change is coming anyway, with or without
us. This is not theoretical for our members. I saw first hand the disaster of Typhoon Haiyan. Workers die every year of heat stroke in the
fields in California and in Texas. It’s not an option for politicians to continue to play into the hands of the oil and gas companies. “Green New Deal!” A Green New Deal needs to change that relationship and people are looking for what can we change it to. It is about not having this separation between
workers and climate. What made me get involved with climate action
is because we had to create jobs. And there’s many jobs that can be created
when we get rid of fossil fuels. If we’re not part of the response to climate
change, we’re going to be left behind. We have the end point and I think now we’re starting to speak about, ok how are we gonna get there? “What do we want?” “Climate Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” It is one of the greatest sources of optimism
for me that the youth have taken on this issue. We’re not gonna make the same mistakes that
are great grandparents did, that even our parents did. I saw a sign today that said, “Our climate
is changing, why aren’t we?” They are relentless and they are fearless. And they are taking initiative and they need
our support.

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