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Meet the ‘Closer’ Who Finds the Right Words When Climate Talks Hit a Wall

Sue Biniaz is considered one of the most innovative American legal minds when it comes to climate negotiations. She once rescued a collapsing deal by using quotation marks….


UNICEF names climate activist Vanessa Nakate goodwill ambassador

Photo: Arnd Wiegmann

U.N. children’s agency UNICEF on Thursday named Vanessa Nakate, a 25-year-old Ugandan climate activist, goodwill ambassador.
Inspired by Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, Nakate began her climate action in 2019 and has since founded the Rise Up Movement and addressed global climate summits.


A Los Angeles teen led a fight to shut down urban oil wells, survived cancer, and won a ‘Green Nobel’

By Morgan MCFall - Johnsen Photo: Tamara Leigh , Goldman Environmental Prize

Cobo lived in an apartment in South Los Angeles with three siblings, her great-grandparents, and her mother, who had immigrated there from Mexico. Talking with their neighbors, they learned that many people in the building were experiencing similar health issues. They suspected the oil-drilling site across the street.


Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to talk about her anymore

By Karl Mathiesen Photo: Peter Strain , Politico

Just a few months before the arrival of the coronavirus, the Swedish teenager and her fellow activists had organized a march of millions — possibly the largest climate protest in history. But lockdowns put an end to the boisterous Fridays For Future school strikes, which Thunberg had pioneered and spread around the world. With entire countries in isolation, Thunberg’s movement was “paralyzed,” recalled Dominika Lasota, one of the group’s most prominent figures in Poland.


Greta Thunberg on the state of the climate movement

Interview by KK Ottesen Photo: Luca Bruno/AP

Student and climate activist Greta Thunberg, 18, burst improbably onto the world stage in late 2018 when what began as a one-person school strike outside the Swedish parliament ended up galvanizing a global climate movement to demand immediate action to prevent environmental catastrophe.


Youth Climate Plaintiffs Try Again

Back in 2015 a group of young people sued the United States for failing to protect the climate and therefore their rights to a livable future, but the case was eventually dismissed. Now the Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs have gone back to a lower court where a judge has ordered them into mediation with the Biden Justice Dept. on this matter. Young people recently won a similar case in Germany, and the European Court for Human Rights is fast-tracking a climate case brought by youth in Portugal. Host Steve Curwood gets an update from Pat Parenteau, a professor at the Vermont Law School.


2 kid activists raise awareness and money to help save the rainforest

By Lela Nargi Photo: Daniela Franco

Many people are learning about climate change thanks to Greta Thunberg. The Swedish teenager started Fridays for Future in 2018 by skipping school once a week to call people’s attention to our warming planet. In this case, skipping school is called a “strike.” Her actions launched a movement of school strikes around the world.


3 Youth Living and Organizing on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis

By Maia Wikler

The year 2020 illustrated to the world that the overlapping issues of climate and racial justice can no longer be ignored. A pandemic that disproportionately killed people of color and record-breaking wildfires that displaced thousands unfolded amidst international protests for racial justice spurred by George Floyd’s killing and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. We are living through the climate emergency every single day.


7 Young Activists Share What Made Them Join the Climate Movement

By Joe McCarthy

Many young people know how many carbon dioxide particles were in the atmosphere the year they were born. For those born at the turn of the century, there were 369.55 CO2 particles per million (PPM) — nearly 20 particles above what scientists had deemed a safe level.


Why youth climate change activists are pushing Biden to do more

By Stephanie Ebbs and others