Young activists frustrated and frightened by Democrats’ inaction on the climate crisis will occupy the office of the top Democrat in Congress this week to mark the beginning of a hunger strike.
The roughly 20 strikers and their supporters, with Extinction Rebellion, are taking part in a global climate hunger strike that nearly 300 people have pledged to join.
They say House speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding back progress, so they are targeting her instead of top Republicans.They are demanding that she meet with them for an hour on camera before they call off their hunger strike.Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Every day the evidence piles up at your desk, but you have yet to pass even symbolic legislation recognizing the climate crisis as a national emergency.With all due respect, you have failed,” the group said in a letter to Pelosi.
Extinction Rebellion calls for governments to declare a climate an ecological emergency, cut heat-trapping pollution to net-zero by 2025 and create a citizen’s assembly to direct a way forward.Their demands are far more aggressive than most environment organizations.
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