Teen Activist Addresses U.N. Climate Conference
If you click on this link, you can view a CNBC video of a fifteen year old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, speaking on Dec. 5 to the 2018 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.
Greta spoke powerfully on behalf of Climate Justice Now, a global network of climate advocacy groups. Her remarks quickly gained attention on social media; and the video of her speech was shared by leading climate scientists and officials. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted footage of her speech, saying she “called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.” It is well worth listening to this kid speak the truth about the scope of the climate crisis and tell her elders that their failure to act is evidence of their “immaturity.”
Sunrise Movement Pursues a Green New Deal
The Sunrise Movement is a young people’s movement that is very serious about climate activism. They describe their mission as stopping climate change and, at the same time, creating millions of new jobs.
They say that they are “building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America; end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people.”
The Sunrise mission is consistent with a proposal that will soon be brought to the U.S. House of Representatives by newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, at age 29, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Young activists are standing behind her proposal and are inspired by it. A thousand of them recently held three simultaneous sit-ins calling for a Green New Deal at Democratic leadership offices.
A Love Story
By Nicole Walker
In Sustainability: A Love Story, Nicole Walker questions what it means to live sustainably while still being able to have Internet and eat bacon. After all, who wants to listen to a short, blond woman who is mostly a hypocrite anyway—who eats cows, drives a gasoline-powered car, who owns no solar panels—tsk-tsking them? Armed with research and a bright irony that playfully addresses the devastation of the world around us, Walker delves deep into scarcity and abundance, reflecting on matters that range from her uneasy relationship with bats to the fragility of human life, from adolescent lies to what recycling can reveal about our not so moderate drinking habits. With laugh-out-loud sad-funny moments, and a stark humor, Walker appeals to our innate sense of personal commitment to sustaining our world, and our commitment to sustaining our marriages, our families, our lives, ourselves.
This book is for those who question what it means to live and love sustainably, and maybe even with hope.