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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.


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

Sunrise Movement Green New Deal conference call

Sunrise Movement Green New Deal Conference Call Notes by Gayle Kimball on February 5, 2019



Aru Shiney-Ajay—training director at Sunrise. Heard about it when she was a freshman in college. 30 meeting June 2017 first training. Now thousands. June 2017 founded by 12 young people who realized the climate crisis was looming over them. We know solutions are out there, Green Deal popularity. Fossil fuel and corrupt politics decade long strategy of denial. Billionaire climate change denier in highest position. No hope under the current government.. We had to build enormous political power. Building power, people power. Political power. Our theory of change: in order to win, we need people power—an active base of public support and political power–a critical mass of enthusiastically supportive public officials.

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Jeremy Ornstein age 18,  got over 1,000 candidates to stop taking money from fossil fuel, movement exploded after sitting in in Nancy Pelosi’s office. Stop climate change and create jobs. Hubs around the US, and Canada. Problem was no green deal to fight for, Senator Markey and Rep. AOC are introducing a 10-year plan to movable clean and renewable energy by 2030, jobs for all who need them,

It’s a resolution, not a bill. Want to methane from cows, etc. but hard to eliminate. 1)need transition out  fossil fuels. 2) plant trees and get rid of greenhouse emissions. Litmus test for candidates I line with science and justice. Tweet, call, show up and go to their offices. February 11-13, office visits: February 26: day of action to get reps to commit, the deadline. 404 people signed up on the call. Create a political earthquake, show the power of organized young people. Have an action guide and helpers. 15 city star-studded tour to teach how to pressure poltiicans. anger and hope of our generation. 2 dozen leadership trainings about grassroot campaigns.1000s will go to Democratic debates want over 10,000 of us back the Green New Deal. #ChangeTheDebate.

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Naomi Klein. This Change Everything. Working on climate justice movement since Katrina. Racial, gender, injustice. A critical mass of lawmakers was missing, complicated cap and trade schemes, approved oil pipelines, oil leases, then we got Trump. Like the first New Deal.  CCC, etc. Was the result of struggle. The Green New Deal is a package, about social movements. The alternative is unthinkable.

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