Climate Change Activists That Should Be Recognized For Helping The Earth
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5 Climate Change Activists That Should Be Recognized For Helping The Earth

"Climate change is no longer some far-off problem. It is happening here, it is happening now." — Barack Obama

5 Climate Change Activists That Should Be Recognized For Helping The Earth

I've said it once and I'll say it again. Earth is dying and you should absolutely care. If you say that it's all fake — climate change isn't real, the pollution around the coast is just put out for pictures and then cleaned up right after — you are wrong. It's all very much real and you can either be part of the solution or add fuel to the fire and continue to kill the one place we can call home.

A survey that was taken from Yale's Program on Climate Change stated that across party lines, a majority of registered voters say corporations and industry should do more to address global warming (70 percent of registered voters; 84 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents, and 55 percent of Republicans). These climate change activists are working hard to make climate change and global warming a priority and some politicians are ensuring that if elected, climate change is in their agenda.

1. Xiye Bastida

Xiye Bastida was born and raised in Mexico and is a current New York City resident. She was one of the lead organizers of the Fridays For Future youth climate strike movement and sits on the administration committee of the Peoples Climate Movement, where she brings the voice of youth to existing grassroots and climate organizations. She's also been dubbed "America's Greta Thunberg."

2. Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is still running to be the next president of the United States. Part of her campaign is to fight climate change. Her plan includes fighting for a Green New Deal, restoring the Obama-era environmental protections that safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink, and fight for justice to defeat the climate crisis and transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy.

Warren has also accepted Jay Inslee's challenge to prioritize the threat of climate change by calling for a 10-year action plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy for America, and his ideas should remain at the center of the Green New Deal agenda and was the only candidate to propose a "Blue New Deal" to protect our oceans and inland waterways.

3. Vic Barrett

Vic has felt firsthand climate impacts in the form of Hurricane Sandy. He is a fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, spoke at the COP21 U.N. Conference on Climate Change and spoke at the U.N. headquarters in New York City. Vic and 21 other youth activists are actively suing the government to take action on climate change. He's also participated in the People's Climate Movement.

4. Bernie Sanders

Bernie is considered to be the front-runner for the democratic ticket to be the next president of the United States, so it was only right to list him and his points. Among his goals, Sanders plans to transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy, ensure a just transition for communities and workers (including fossil fuel workers), and commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, including providing $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and reasserting the United States' leadership in the global fight against climate change.

5. Holly Gillibrand

Holly is only 13 years old and is helping to build a UK movement of children demanding more action on climate change and serves as a young ambassador for Scotland: The Big Picture and a campaigner for animal welfare charity OneKind.

Moving forward with the upcoming Presidential election, it is important to research which candidates (not necessarily Sanders and Warren) are going to implement a climate change policy and make it apart of their agenda. It is also important to know that not everyone is going to be a Greta Thunberg and have the opportunity to speak to world leaders face-to-face, but making a change, even the slightest, because it can help the battle against climate change.

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