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