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Rep. John Lewis Praises Young Climate Activists

September 20, 2019
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis made this statement upon seeing the actions young climate activists took today in Washington, in Atlanta, in the country and around the world.  He was particularly struck by a young man he felt could not have been more than 8-years-old who joined in protests today to highlight the immediate need to take action on climate change.  Young activists encouraged students and professionals to walk out and demand an urgent response to climate issues one day before we celebrate the International Day of Peace.  Rep. Lewis, inspired by their movement, made this statement:

“I want to salute the young people all over America and around the world for rallying the human family around the important issues of climate change.  I want to thank them for leading the way, for joining together across all boundaries to demand that leaders use their power to save this planet for generations yet unborn. 

“Powerful hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, Mexico, and Mozambique have become more damaging than ever before.  Wildfire is razing millions of acres in Brazil, California, and Indonesia, robbing the planet of the oxygen, and threatening to leave deserts where lush plant life once existed.  Scientists have warned us about this emergency for decades.  It is now time for us to act before it is too late. 

“These young people are saying we all have a right to know what is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and the food we eat.  It is our responsibility to leave this planet cleaner and greener.  That must be our legacy.  It is senseless to prioritize short-term corporate profits over the long-term investment we have made to revive endangered species and restore the flora and fauna of this earth.  Reneging on these commitments threatens the very survival of humankind.  Sustainability must become a mandate for every individual and organization on this planet.  I salute the efforts of these activists, young and old, who are demanding immediate attention to this urgent problem.”