Zero Hour – The Climate Change Fight Turning
Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.; “We don’t have any time to wait."
Kristen Doerer, July 22. 2018 (Teen Vogue)
“…Hundreds of young people from across the nation gathered on the national mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 21, for the protest planned by the environmental youth group Zero Hour…The march was the last in a three-day string of events in Washington, D.C…[that included] a lobby day and a Youth Climate Art Festival…The band Dispatch performed under umbrellas before a D.C. inter-tribal drum group. Then, a coalition of youth from Standing Rock addressed the crowd…When 7-year-old Havana Edwards stepped onto a stage, the D.C. activist known as ‘the tiny diplomat’ spoke about her experience traveling the world with her family, and seeing how climate change and education affect other youth…[Hundreds of protesters held signs, parachutes, and banners, many dressed in raincoats or ponchos, unfazed by the rain. At the front of the march was the coalition that protested the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
…As one of Zero Hour’s founding members from New Jersey, [Madeline Tew, 15,] spent over a year planning the march, and says that she knows a lot of people who have been displaced by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene…Another core Zero Hour organizer, 20-year-old Kibiriti Majuto of Charlottesville, Virginia, said that it’s time to stand up to corporate power…Yelling into a megaphone, Kibiriti [led the chant “Corporate crime scene!”] as the group approached the Supreme Court…By the time activists marched down East Capitol Street and arrived in Lincoln Park, some had given up on their raincoats and simply enjoyed the rain…[T]he crowd, energized and ready for change, was slow to disperse.” click here for more