WHAT RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE GIVES YOU HOPE?

 
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REVEREND WILLIAM J. BARBER II

CO-CHAIR OF THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN, A NATIONAL CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL

"Millions of Americans are finding ways to consume less energy and produce less pollution. Millions more support the clean and renewable energy sources that creation offers us. A new moral vision and a still more perfect union are being born right now in our cities, towns, and rural communities, in our streets, churches, and community organizations, especially among young people who respect climate science and refuse empty ideologies. I am confident that this movement will build a new America where we stop the madness, honor all creation, and change our leaders and our lives to save our children and our world."

ROBERT BULLARD

AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR, TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, KNOWN AS "THE FATHER OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE"

"I am encouraged by the diverse community-based and regional coalitions mobilizing around climate mitigation and adaptation planning, sustainability, resilience, and disaster response and recovery--all viewed through an equity and justice lens. For them, climate change is more than 'parts per million' and greenhouse gases. Climate justice is also racial justice. The recent 'monster' hurricanes (Irma, Harvey, Maria, Florence, and Michael) attest to the urgency of the problem. Many students and young adults have mobilized around climate change. This growing youth energy is best represented by the work of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Climate Change Consortium--founded in 2011 with five black colleges. Today, the consortium has grown to more than three-dozen members and has held six annual climate change conferences."

JAMIE MARGOLIN

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF ZERO HOUR

"What makes me hopeful for the future is the youth I work with, really. We're just a bunch of broke high school kids who just work hard. Every day we get onto conference calls ready to work, ready to organize--mass mobilizations, mass actions, social media campaigns, and real-life campaigns. In terms of solutions, we have everything we need. We have everything we need to start this transition, there's no reason to wait, and the only reason we haven't gotten there is because of these massive industries corrupting government and stopping it from happening. I feel like we're the ones we've been waiting for."

BILL MCKIBBEN

AUTHOR AND ENVIRONMENTALIST, CO-FOUNDER OF 350.ORG

"I think that money is the oxygen on which the fire of...

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