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October 22, 2019

9/19/2019 7:30:00 AM
Teens are leading fight to protect climate

To the Editor:

One of the most remarkable and uplifting developments in the climate movement is the recent upsurge of activism by youth around the world. They know that the growing climate crisis endangers their future. As Jamie Margolin, a high school student, said, "It is not fair to my entire generation that we are inheriting this monstrosity of a problem. I can't risk not fighting. My future is on the line."

In the U.S., youth in the Sunrise Movement have led the drive to support the Green New Deal and get candidates for President to take the climate emergency seriously. As a result, nearly all the candidates have come out with a climate plan, something never seen before in our elections.

The Extinction Rebellion started in the United Kingdom and has spread around the world. They are using civil disobedience to express the urgency of the situation and the need to take decisive action now. As a result of their activism, the governments of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the U.K. have declared a climate emergency, and other countries and cities have followed suit.

On Sept. 23, this group and many others will be blocking traffic in Washington D.C. As one of the leaders said, "The urgency of climate change warrants such an attempt to disrupt business as usual ... to make it impossible for people with decision-making power to go about their daily lives as if we are not in the climate emergency."

Young students, led by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, will be conducting another global "school strike for climate" on Friday, Sept. 20.

Over two million students and adults are expected to participate around the world. To support their actions, there will be a climate rally that day in Torpy Park, Minocqua, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A recent poll showed that the majority of teens are afraid and angry about global warming, but fortunately a majority is also motivated to act. The commitment and leadership of these groups, in particular the teenagers, is impressive. Just maybe more adults will listen and join them.

Phyllis Schuit


Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019
Article comment by: Brian Holmes

And in a related story today, CNBC reports that half of Millennials and 75 percent of Gen Zers have left a job for mental-health reasons.

Progressive textbooks + Progressive teachers + Progressive parents = Child Abuse.

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Jamie keeps her head on her shoulders. Not like most adults that bury their heads in the clouds or those that profit from the sale of fossil fuels which neither benefits the welfare and health of their fellow man. We where desinated as care takers and protectors of our planet. Greed and ignorance have dominated our cause. Majority of youth deal with realizm not prejudice and adult contamination.
Brian don't forget the sun screen.

Craig Strid
Food for thought

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Article comment by: Dennis Zielinski

Mr Holmes, the reason why kids are speaking and acting out is because adults are doing nothing. Gridlock is handcuffing democratic systems, The outcome is polluters still pollute, and environmental destruction continues to occur. You would have to live under a rock to deny scientific proof that our environment/climate is changing. At our continued pace the younger generation is left with carrying the banner for the environment. We need their direction and motivation to clean things up. Both sides of the political spectrum are guilty some fear mongering. The conservative right has a lot of people fooled into fearing even their shadow. Go for it and get your tan, and collect all those UV rays...they will help you live a long

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019
Article comment by: Brian Holmes

Surely this is tantamount to child abuse. If you cant sell it to adults, then start scaring the children. When any one of their end-of-the-world liberal tantrums comes true, let me know. Until then, Im going to turn back over and work on my tan.

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