TEENAGERS TO HOST CLIMATE STRIKE IN MONTGOMERY

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Both graphics courtesy of Isabel Hope

Two teenagers are preparing to take to the steps of Alabama’s capitol building and demand action regarding climate change.

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Isabel Hope, 16, and Love Lundy, 17, are high school and University of Alabama Early College students who have worked together to secure an Alabama branch of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, a national movement comprised mostly of students who are unhappy with the state of the environment and its politics. The duo plans to travel to Montgomery on Friday, March 15 to protest the current political conditions and encourage Alabama legislators to hear the organization’s ideas.

“Students and adults from all backgrounds will rally on the Alabama State Capitol steps to protest our legislators’ inaction on climate change,” a press release for the event states. “We will feature youth speakers who share our vision of a livable future, as well as demands for our politicians to regulate greenhouse gases, ban fossil fuel emissions, and act on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report that we have 11 years to fix the climate crisis.”

The organization was co-founded by three teenagers from Minneapolis, Denver and New York City. Since its conception, U.S. Youth Climate Strike has grown to include over 100 local marches that will take place Friday.

“We, the youth of America, are striking because decades of inaction has left us with just 11 years to change the trajectory of the worst effects of climate change, according to the Oct. 2018 UN IPCC Report,” the homepage of the Youth Climate Strike website reads. “We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis.”

The U.S. Youth Climate Strike website includes a platform that highlights issues within the correlation between the environment and current political legislation, demands for change and potential solutions for a greener planet. Some of the Climate Strike platform’s points are derived from the Green New Deal, a resolution brought to the forefront of political discourse and national media attention by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).

Hope and Lundy have received support from the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party, the Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (GASP) Group and the Green Innovation Group.

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