We applaud the brave action being taken by the leaders and participants of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, and other youth climate strikes around the globe. With only 12 years to make the serious changes needed, according to the UN report, we need actions like this that increase pressure on our leaders and make the stakes of this crisis clear to all.
Today’s youth understand the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. They understand that they will have to face the impacts of the action, or inaction, we take now. And they understand that the status quo is not acceptable.
Their energy, determination, and moral clarity is vital to the movement to deeply reduce carbon emissions, create millions of good union jobs, and strengthen those communities facing the worst effects of the climate crisis. We hope the many leaders who claim to care about our nation’s future will listen to the voices of that future, and support this generation’s demand for action.
The Peoples Climate Movement brings together people and organizations to support and build a powerful grassroots movement rooted in racial and economic justice that can catalyze a just transition to a 100% clean energy future. It grew out of the historic convergence of diverse national environmental and social justice organizations that orchestrated the massive Peoples Climate March that took place in New York City in September 2014. Since then, the coalition has organized hundreds of thousands of people around a climate agenda from across communities and movements.