Young Activists Driving Change Should Be Embraced, Not Targeted

Demonstrators stand behind five people who are on a hunger strike for climate solutions, near the White House, Washington, Oct. 22, 2021 (photo by Allison Bailey for NurPhoto via AP).
Demonstrators stand behind five people who are on a hunger strike for climate solutions, near the White House, Washington, Oct. 22, 2021 (photo by Allison Bailey for NurPhoto via AP).
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Since Oct. 20, five young climate activists have been on a hunger strike in Lafayette Square in Washington. Their protest started the day after news emerged that U.S. President Joe Biden planned to downsize his $3.5 trillion domestic spending bill, including by cutting a $150 billion clean electricity program. The activists say that they are “sick and tired of broken promises” and will continue to starve themselves until their leaders deliver “bold and transformative climate action.”  A few days into the protest, the young activists resorted to sitting in wheelchairs, and one of them, 26-year-old Kidus Girma, was hospitalized overnight for nausea, dizziness […]

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