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Columbia students join global climate strike’s call for urgent political action

Nearly 200 students, community members, and political activists flocked to Low Steps Friday morning as part of a global movement to call for urgent political action on climate change. “We want our leaders to be taking action: leaders within a college setting, within a governmental setting, within a national setting. We want all of our leaders to have the power to enact this change,” Hollard said at the event. “This is a moment of great peril, but it is also a moment of great promise,” Inslee said. Bastida Patrick advocated for the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic programs that aim to address climate change and inequality, and highlighted the role of indigenous peoples and youth in the fight against climate change. “The climate catastrophe is our present, but we cannot let it be our future,” Bastida Patrick said. “Climate change impacts marginalized communities and communities of color the most, which is why we need the Green New Deal, because it addresses both climate change and social justice.” Other outside speakers included two students from Manhattan Country School, a private K-8 school, many of whose students participated in the climate strike. “Even though they’re not old enough to vote, they still have a lot at stake for them, and they really realized that,” Grattan said. “They were really excited about participating today, so we as a school decided we wanted to facilitate that for the students who wanted to take part.” Staff writer Teddy Ajluni can be contacted at teddy.ajluni@columbiaspectator.com. Follow Spectator on Twitter @ColumbiaSpec.

Why Some Politicians Think Russia Is Behind Today’s Student Strikes

For three months, students have been ditching class every Friday to protest. And while some European politicians have welcomed the students’ enthusiasm, others have been suspicious about what forces are causing this sudden mass mobilisation. “Hybrid warfare from Russia can be felt every day in every European country,” she added. But why would both Angela Merkel and Joke Schauvliege make the exact same accusation and then walk it back? But the accusations of Russian manipulation have continued. Climate change protests: definitely yes. “To shift, to reshuffle climate change movements is one of the key Russian priorities, to explain that ‘more gas is fine, coal is bad, but Russian gas is good, Russian gas is reliable”. If that’s the case, they should share specifically what they know that is causing them to make these accusations. Russia has shown itself happy to amplify the views of dissenters from Western governments, whether they are from the right or the left. There are no large climate change protests planned in Russia today.

The Green New Deal and the new politics of climate change

How did the GND manage to change climate politics? This means that advocates should have a clear narrative on “what” needs to change (goals) and “why” this change should happen (rationale). But, importantly, they should also have a clear political strategy on “how” they will bring about this change. Armed with scientific reports, the movement also showed why climate action was needed. However, the movement did not do well on the “how” issue. But at the same time, the violent “yellow vests” protests, ironically in Paris, showed that French farmers and workers opposed a climate levy on fossil fuel. But from the perspective of a “yellow vest” protester: Macron’s government “talks about the end of the world while we are talking about the end of the month.” The GND is an attempt to address climate issues while paying attention to political and social underpinnings. No IPCC report or COP summit can douse the street revolt if climate policy is perceived to be unfair. The climate movement has got its science right. Now the challenge is to get the politics right.
Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Birth Strike founder Blythe Pepino explains the concerns behind the movement on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #Tucker #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The…
Author: "Climate Change Is Not One Issue" | All In | MSNBC

Author: “Climate Change Is Not One Issue” | All In | MSNBC

"Climate change is not one issue," said David Wallace-Wells, author of "The Uninhabitable Earth," but is "all-encompassing." » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as informed perspectives. Find video clips…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: can the new star of the US left help beat Trump?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest US congresswoman ever and has quickly become a household name. Renowned for bold challenges in Congress and radical policies such as her “Green New Deal” focusing on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez is not afraid of being heard – or of the backlash that might bring. There is a lot of excitement around her but, as Democrats start gearing up for the 2020 presidential elections, some are concerned about her brand of politics. She has become a clear target for the far right in America, and for anyone seeking to portray the Democrats as radicals, or even communists. Lauren Gambino, political correspondent for Guardian US, talks to Anushka Asthana about whether Ocasio-Cortez and her ambitious ideas will help the Democrats to power, or become an albatross around their necks. Also today: the Guardian’s Rupert Jones on the rise of the microflat. There’s been a boom in office buildings being turned into housing without a proper planning process, creating spaces so small that there are no windows or proper ventilation. In the middle of a housing crisis, can shoebox studio flats really be the answer?

Jay Inslee launches 2020 presidential bid with focus on climate change

Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington, has announced he is running for president, declaring himself the “only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority”. “And we’re the last who can do something about it.” Inslee, 68, is the first sitting governor to join the 2020 race, which has thus far been dominated by US senators. His announcement followed months of speculation over Inslee’s intentions and marks yet another entry into what is already a sprawling Democratic field. “Our country’s next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time – defeating climate change,” he says in the launch video, which features old footage of him raising the issue on the floor if the House, where he served as a congressman for seven terms. “This crisis isn’t just a chart or graph any more. The impacts are being felt everywhere.” Climate change has become an increasingly galvanizing force for Democrats, with grassroots groups and figures such as congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected democratic socialist from New York, calling for a “Green New Deal”. Washington also joined a coalition of left-leaning states to sue the Trump administration over its family separation policy and, more recently, to block the president’s emergency declaration to build a border wall without permission from Congress. As the chair of the Democratic Governors Association last year, Inslee traveled the country campaigning and raising money for his party’s gubernatorial candidates during the 2018 midterm elections. It proved a fruitful endeavor: Democrats flipped seven governors’ mansions in the November midterms, including high-profile victories in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Kansas. The US representative from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, Pete Buttigieg, and the former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro are also vying for the top of the party’s 2020 ticket; and the former vice-president Joe Biden and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke are being closely watched for possible announcements in the coming days or weeks.

House climate-change hearing adjourns after not enough Democrats show up

House Republicans on Tuesday claimed a small victory over the Democrats' climate change agenda by holding a rare successful vote as the minority to end an oversight hearing, saying that the subject of global warming was outside the committee's jurisdiction. The Republicans in the Natural Resources Committee's oversight panel won in a 4-2 vote to end the hearing, simply because there weren't more than two Democrats present. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, the top Republican on the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, called for the vote after laying out the case that climate change was not within the jurisdiction of the committee, based on its charter and bylaws. Gohmert called for a vote to adjourn following his opening remarks, and a roll call vote was held. Witnesses at the hearing were not introduced before the Republicans left the hearing room. With the Republicans in adjournment, the Democrats were forced to change the proceedings from a hearing to a "forum," which Rep. T.J. Cox of California, the chairman of the oversight panel, opened by introducing the speakers. The full committee's top Republican, Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, had raised the jurisdiction issues at the beginning of the month when the Democratic leadership launched its sweeping series of hearings on climate change. Bishop also said the Democrats were not properly giving notice to Republican members on the topics of the hearing. Click for more from the Washington Examiner.
Howard Schultz calls Green New Deal 'immoral' and 'not realistic'

Howard Schultz calls Green New Deal ‘immoral’ and ‘not realistic’

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shares his views on climate change and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal during a CNN Town Hall with Poppy Harlow. #CNN #News
Tucker grills Ocasio-Cortez adviser over 'Green New Deal'

Tucker grills Ocasio-Cortez adviser over ‘Green New Deal’

Tucker Carlson takes on Robert Hockett, Cornell law professor and adviser to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, over the details of the Green New Deal. #Tucker #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…
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