Tag Archives: climate crisis

Climate Girls Saving Our World book

Dr. Gayle Kimball’s book ““Climate Girls Saving Our World” will be available as an affordable print and e-book in January. Young women’s voices are featured in interviews with 54 activists from 30 countries, and the book includes climate change facts and solutions.

Consider for a text in Women’s Studies, Global Studies, Girlhood Studies, Environmental Science, etc. http://www.gaylekimball.info/bookstore

Thunberg etc. call out world leaders for failing to tackle the climate crisis

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/19/greta-thunberg-and-fellow-activists-decry-political-inaction-climate-crisis-after?

A day before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, four Fridays for Future leaders published an op-ed in The Guardian on Wednesday calling out world leaders for failing to tackle the planetary crisis despite the past two years of youth-led global protests demanding urgent action to achieve climate and environmental justice.

Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Anuna de Wever van der Heyden and Adélaïde Charlier, both of Belgium, noted that their meeting with Merkel, whose government took over the European Council presidency in July, “will be exactly two years since the first school strike for the climate took place.”

Millions worldwide have joined the movement and taken to the streets to call for ambitious policies, “but over these past two years, the world has also emitted more than 80 gigatonnes of CO2,” the activists write. “We have seen continuous natural disasters taking place across the globe: wildfires, heatwaves, flooding, hurricanes, storms, thawing of permafrost, and collapsing of glaciers and whole ecosystems. Many lives and livelihoods have been lost. And this is only the very beginning.”

Although some world leaders have publicly recognized human-caused global heating as an “existential crisis,” organized summits to pave a sustainable path forward, and issued emergency declarations about the state of the planet, “when it comes to action we are still in a state of denial,” they charge. “The climate and ecological crisis has never once been treated as a crisis.”

…Specifically, the Fridays for Future leaders are calling for “halting all fossil fuel investments and subsidies, divesting from fossil fuels, making ecocide an international crime, designing policies that protect workers and the most vulnerable, safeguarding democracy, and establishing annual, binding carbon budgets based on the best available science.”

Video Interviews with youth climate activists

International Gen Z climate activist young women are found on my YouTube channel. They are featured in my new book “Climate Girls Saving Our World.”

The following are interviews with climate activists in the US.

Additional Climate Activist Interview videos

Naomi Klein’s new book is On Fire in support of the Green New Deal. In a talk at CSUChico with Geography professor Mark Stemen on 9-28-19 she listed three major fires: climate disruption; political fires of hatred, division, and pessimism; and “our fire,” the youth-led climate movement. The spirit of fire must be used to clean the debris: The main problem is the economic powers want us to give up so we don’t rise up. For example, many films about the future as dystopias where the 1% live in walled compounds and the masses suffer from disaster, like The Hunger Games. Hopeful actions are college endowments divesting from fossil fuels and organizations like the Sunrise Movement. Her previous books: The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. Here are 23 minutes of excerpts from her talk. https://youtu.be/WEN1mvBlM4Y

Bill McKibben at the Rise for Climate march in SF, 9-8-18. I ask him about youth activism in the environmental movement.  https://youtu.be/SSmjQynlN5w

30,000 people march to prevent climate change in San francisco, part of 900 global marches the same day. SF march organized by 350 Bay Area, 9-18-18. https://youtu.be/1TVhWvNzgsk

plaintiffs in the suit against the US gov. re: climate change Plaintiffs Tia Hatton, 21, and Kelsey Juliana, 22, discuss youth environmental activism, 9-18-18. https://youtu.be/WdhphmtE33k

Motherearthproject.org collects young people’s comments on climate change drawn on parachutes. They represent every continent but Antartica. Co-organizer Kallan Benson is 14, from Maryland. The interview occurred at the climate march in San Francisco on 9-8-18, one of over 900 marches in 80 countries. Over 30,000 participated in the march. https://youtu.be/U-TOxBLdxWg

Sunrise Movement Rally in Chico, April 27, 2019. Led by Varshini Prakash, national co-founder, and Steven Marquart, founder of the Chico hub. The rally’s goal was to mobilize activism for the Green New Deal. Also see interview with organizer Jeremy Ornstein, 18, also from the Boston area https://youtu.be/BqAHg4i7kmo Tactics: *Personal stories from two of the organizers, a local Mechoopda Native American, and a video of another activist and Camp Fire burn victims, *An animated video about a desired future narrated by Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, *Discussion with the people seated around about what you want to preserve from climate change and later local organizations to lobby to support the Green New Deal, *Action items from the local organizer Steven Marquardt such as request to attend City Council meetings to support the environment and national co-founder Varshini Prakash showed slides with websites to support the Green New Deal such as http://www.sunrisemovement.org/GND *Local candidate for Congress Audrey Denny pledging to support the Green New Deal Pledge for candidates, *Video documentation of the event to share with others, *Photo opportunities such as members of the local Sunrise hub on stage with Denny and photos of the large audience holding up manila folders printed with “We need the Green New Deal.” *Printed material in the folder: a pamphlet “Your Guide to Build a New Day for America,” and the magazine In These Times article about the Green New Deal. * Request to purchase “merch” such as T-Shirts, as well as tickets for admission *Followed by a live band with a dance floor and beer for sale. For a history of the movement see Inside the Sunrise Movement (it didn’t happen by accident) by Mark K. Matthews, Nick Bowlin and Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporters Climatewire: December 3, 2018 https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060108439 https://youtu.be/tKoxJ8E7R0I

Chico Sunrise strike for climate at California State University, Chico, 12-6-19 A young woman speaks her anger at older generations and expects her generation to be the problem solvers. https://youtu.be/6mcP1mtB69I

Sunrise Movement Chico, Chico 350, and students organized the Chico strike, 9-20-19 part of a global movement of millions of protesters against climate change. Steven Marrquardt and Varshni https://youtu.be/IfrL0In8rUQ

Jeremy Ornstein deferred Harvard to be a Sunrise organizer for action to protect the environment. Interviewed at a Sunrise rally in Chico, CA. 4-27-19.

https://youtu.be/BqAHg4i7kmo

Steven Marquardt, 24, organized the youth climate change activist Sunrise Movement hub in Chico, California. He discusses organizing tactics and goals. (See my ebook Resist! Goals and Tactics for Changemakers for more on effective organizing.) https://youtu.be/T5K1aTeqEu8

CC Maher, high school student; Abraham Renteria, political science community college student; Jacob Defant, CSUC ag student, and Mary Kay Benson, activist discuss climate change activism tactics and the Sunrise Movement. https://youtu.be/EGSifZ4tVpk

Susan Suntree, the author of “Sacred Sites,” a poetic history of Los Angeles from the Big Bang to the present, discusses how to do effective grassroots organizing including have fun, serve food, create effective visuals, get community support including influential people, follow an agenda. For more on social change, see “Resist: Goals and Tactics for Changemakers,” an ebook by Gayle Kimball. https://youtu.be/XZ81kHp4-k8

Alexandra describes the Camp Fire in Butte Creek Canyon in Butte County. It’s the most deadly fire in California history. Luckily, her house made it but it will be a long time before she and her family can return. https://youtu.be/q7BGwcpRDOI