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Young Climate Activists Need Your Support

By Emily Wirzba, September 19, 2019

On Sept. 20, youth across the world are participating in a global climate strike. As world leaders prepare to gather at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, the strikers are drawing attention to the need for comprehensive climate solutions.

The climate crisis requires urgent action. Science shows that if we act now, it is possible to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

But these young activists can’t do this alone. The additional support of adults is crucial in amplifying their voices and solidifying the call for swift, transformative changes to current environmental practices. Stand in solidarity with these young activists.

Here are four ways to act:

  1. Call your member of Congress and urge them to quickly pass climate solutions, such as carbon pricing.
  2. Drop by your local congressional office and deliver this leave-behind urging passage of bipartisan carbon pricing legislation.
  3. Attend a local climate event near you on Sept. 20.
  4. Post on social media using the hashtag #Strikewithus or #ClimateStrike.

The climate crisis requires action from us all, regardless of our age or party affiliation. Thank you for helping elevate the voices of young people.

Update Six Ways to Save the planet – and Ourselves  

This is powerful: hundreds of thousands of people across the globe will participate in a #climatestrike this week through creative, grassroots campaigns and actions. This dramatic momentum will push the demand to reduce carbon emissions. It will raise awareness, and it will spur commitment to change–change that must happen in business and industry, in schools and local communities, and especially policy change by national governments.

Background FCNL's Carbon Pricing Principles 

By itself, pricing carbon emissions cannot solve climate change. However, it is a powerful tool we must consider as part of our toolbox. As the national dialogue on carbon pricing advances, these principles guide FCNL's advocacy.

Emily Wirzba

  • Former Legislative Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba led FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. She served as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.