Over the last 24 hours, thousands of people have been going to New York’s streets to protest against the end of oil, coal, and gas.
Let’s read the news and find out more.
Young people to Joe Biden: “Quit approving coal and oil or lose the election.”
Princess Daazhraii Johnson, a member of Neets’aii Gwich’in, is also part of this protest because she went to the Yukon River in Alaska for years for her Traditional camp but couldn’t do fishing there due to temperature changes in the river because of the burning of fossil fuels.
Thousands of people were pressurizing on President Joe Biden to stop the supply of fossil fuels as this will affect the climate drastically.
If the government wants to save the lives of millions of people and their homes and protect the climate, action should be taken to stop greenhouse gas to zero by 2050.
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Then, only the global climate goals and many people’s lives can be saved by replacing fossil fuels. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “Government needs to come up with credible, serious and new climate action.”
Among the protestors, a 17-year-old Emma Buretta of Brooklyn said, “We hold the power of the people, the power you need to win this election. If you want to win in 2024, do not hold my generation’s blood to be on your hands; end fossil fuels.”
Many faces are seen in this protest, like Congress politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and actors like Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke, and Edward Norton.
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The member of Congress said to the public who are protesting, “We have people all across the world in the streets, showing up, demanding a cessation of what is killing us; we have to send a message that some of us are going to be living on, on this planet 30, 40, 50 years from now. And we will not take no for an answer.”
Also, a student of the Environment movement at American University, sociologist Dana Fisher, said, “This protest was far more focused on fossil fuels and the industry than previous marches. Sunday’s rally attracted a large chunk, 15 percent, of first-time protesters and was overwhelmingly female. 86% had experienced extreme heat recently, 21% floods, and 18% severe drought.”
Between all of them, there is eight-year-old Athena Wilson from Boca Raton, who said, “Because we care about our planet, I want the earth to feel better.”
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Senior Vice President of American Petroleum Institute Megan Bloomgren said, “We share the urgency of confronting climate change together without delay, yet doing so by eliminating America’s energy options is the wrong approach and would leave American families and businesses beholden to unstable foreign regions for higher cost and far less reliable energy.”
The Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate said, ” That’s because leaders prefer not to acknowledge the Elephant in the room. The Elephant is that fossil fuels are responsible for the crisis. We can’t eat coal. We can’t drink oil, and We can’t have any new fossil fuel investments.”
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