Youth Activists Around the World React to Biden's Climate Plans

Here is what some youth climate leaders around the world are saying about the Biden administration’s climate plans on the heels of President Biden’s first congressional address. 


Gaston Zilberman

“It is definitely a big step forward to move from a denialist president to one who includes the climate crisis as a central focus of his speeches. However, although his plans seem very ambitious, they continue to destroy the lands of the global south. Countries like the USA would simply not exist without the exploitation of countries from which they can take cheap resources without regulations like in Argentina, the country where I live, with fracking and mega-mining. Our eyes will be on how he translates those words into action.” 
-Nicole Becker, Jóvenes por el Clima, Argentina


"[The] announcement of USA Cutting Carbon emissions by 50-52% by 2030 from the 2005 level is still not enough. President Biden must end the fossil fuel subsidies and fossil fuel economy at first if he really want to achieve the goal of keeping the global temperature below 1.5° Celsius as per Paris Agreement. America needs to stand together with the developing countries to achieve this [1.5°C] target. We want clean job, green job and America should lead the World. We want clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean planet to live. All these basic rights are being snatched away from us. He should restore our faith to our leaders. We’re expecting a lots more from him by COP26. How long we’re going to protest on streets for concrete climate action from our leaders when our planet is dying?”
- Licypriya Kangujam, Climate Activist, Bashikhong, Manipur, India

Rachael Warriner, Sunrise Movement

"This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Democrats repeat back our "climate action equals jobs" rhetoric. We’ve been down this road before. The right rhetoric didn't save us then, and it won't save us now. Our movement won't wait for climate action. So show us your next best move.”
- Zina Precht-Rodriguez, Communications Director, Sunrise Movement

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