Tag Archives: climate change

Generational Divides, Student Activism, and the Youth Vote

Moblizing Ideas, a blog that Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements maintains, commissioned a series on youth activism–way before most of us were tuned into the way the #coronacrisis would take over our politics and lives. I’ve … Continue reading

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Young people lead

It felt good to see this new picture, posted on Twitter by both Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. Malala,  now  23,  has  been  a crusader  for  human rights, particularly educating  girls  in  Pakistan.  She’s paid a severe price for her … Continue reading

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It’s not about Greta (about Greta!)

Heroic Swedish teen Greta Thunberg delivered a blistering address at the UN’s Climate Action Summit. It’s worth watching all the way through. In less than five minutes, Greta projects a sense of urgency and righteous anger. She’s right, of course, … Continue reading

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How to claim someone else’s platform….or not.

#NotTodayManBun is my favorite hashtag of 2019, so far. Aidan Cook, of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), rushed the stage at Moveon’s Big Ideas Forum, grabbed the mic from California Senator Kamala Harris, and tried to talk about his bigger idea. … Continue reading

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On the day of a global climate strike, youth and activism

Below is a post I offered at The Conversation last week, where you will find some comments. Unlike almost everything else on this site, the entry below benefited from the good attentions of an editor, Emily Schwartz Greco. A gaggle … Continue reading

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Sunrise Movement (almost) confronts McConnell

As they promised, supporters of the Green New Deal massed outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, waiting to talk to him about the urgent need to respond aggressively to climate change. Unlike Senator Dianne Feinstein, McConnell didn’t offer sympathy … Continue reading

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Picking targets, making enemies, and the Green New Deal

The viral video of Senator Dianne Feinstein discussing a Green New Deal resolution highlights important questions about the friends and enemies that social movements make. Brief clips of children from the Sunrise Movement imploring Feinstein to support their ambitious resolution … Continue reading

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Democracy and science

This weekend’s March for Science turned out hundreds of thousands around the world, with particularly large turnouts in Washington, DC, and Chicago. For yet another protest weekend, a week before the Peoples Climate March, this level of participation was pretty impressive. … Continue reading

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Keystone XL: what victory looks like

With ice and glaciers melting across the Arctic, at least this one polar bear found a comfortable place to rest on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Not really, that’s an activist in costume….) Last November, President Obama (finally) announced a decision on the … Continue reading

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Climate activists: Habemus papem

Pope Francis’s encyclical on the moral necessity of protecting the earth is out.  You can read “On Care for Our Common Home” here (in English; translations in many other languages are readily available–but I couldn’t find the Latin version).  The … Continue reading

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