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Youth Lead the Way, We Must Follow

"I believe that once we start behaving as if we were in an existential crisis, then we can avoid a climate and ecological breakdown...but the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We have to start today." - Greta Thunberg, age 16

16 year old Greta Thunberg is on the cover of Time magazine. She is speaking up for our planet and calling out leaders to take action that is equal to the threat created by our climate crisis. Greta speaks of "massive intergenerational injustice" and encourages students to strike to make their voices heard. And students have responded with 1.6 million walking out of class in 133 countries on March 15.

After learning about the climate crisis in school at age 11, Greta went into a deep depression but was able to mobilize her grief into bold, transformative action. Greta has addressed the UN Climate Change Conference, the World Economic Forum, the UK Houses of Parliament, and the Pope. Not bad for a 16 year old! Watch her speech to the UK Parliament linked here

Minnesota youth are also speaking up and demanding bold action. Student leaders such as Shaza Hussein, a senior at Rosemount High who wrote, "I am concerned about climate change because It directly impacts the most vulnerable communities around the world, including back home in Sudan. See more here. The youth have a petition you can sign which asks Governor Tim Walz to take immediate action to limit the damage from climate change.

Youth are demanding action and the DFL Environmental Caucus is responding. Join us and help move Minnesota to 100% clean energy by 2050. Join us and help block Line 3 from crossing our state, carrying dirty tar sands oil, with the carbon footprint equal to 50 coal fired power plants. Join us and advocate for carbon pricing. Make the polluters pay and return the revenue generated to households to help offset the cost. Join us and stop PolyMet and Twin Metals from polluting our Northern watersheds for generations to come with energy intensive industries that will pillage our state and then leave us with a toxic mess. Join us and help direct our State Board of Investment to Divest of Fossil fuels. The time to act is now!

Join us today!


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