My name is Jamie Margolin. I’m a 17-year-old climate justice activist, and I’m terrified of what the future holds if we remain on our current carbon trajectory.
The climate crisis looms over every single decision I make, and impedes any and all plans I try to make for the future. I have never known a time in my life where life on earth as we know it wasn’t coming to an end thanks to the climate crisis.
It’s time for adults to join us, and help us with this immense weight we are carrying. We the youth are calling on people of all ages to join in — and we need all of us to heed the call to action.
Watch the video below to get more information about the Climate Strike.
Young people like me have been taking action to protect our climate for years. In 2018, Zero Hour, the organization I co-founded, organized the international Youth Climate Marches which took place in Washington D.C. and 25 cities around the world. Since we started, young people around the world have been taking to the streets in larger and larger numbers. But we can’t do it alone.
This morning, the Nebraska Supreme Court approved a key permit for the infamous Keystone XL pipeline1 — right at the exact moment that fires are raging from the Arctic to the Amazon. Now, more than ever, we need people of all ages to join youth in the streets. The time has come for all of us to leverage our collective power to stop fossil fuel billionaires from burning the planet, and hold the politicians who’ve aided and abetted them accountable.
I spend up to 7 hours daily on top of being a full time high school student organizing to have the bare minimum of a livable future. This is the time to ask: what can you do to support youth activists like me in the fight for all our futures?
Are you with us?
Youth Climate justice activist and co-founder of Zero Hour
1 – Keystone XL Pipeline Plan Is Approved by Nebraska Supreme Court, The New York Times