Sunrise Movement: Young people unite to stop climate change and make it an urgent priority in the US

Sunrise Movement is building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across the USA.

Uniting young people to stop the climate crisis, Sunrise Movement is calling for a transition​ ​to​ ​a​ ​100%​ ​renewable​ ​energy​ ​economy​ ​that​ ​leaves​ ​no​ ​one​ ​behind, an​ ​immediate​ ​halt​ ​on​ ​all​ ​new​ ​fossil​ ​fuel​ ​projects, and the​ ​break-up​ ​of​ ​the​ ​large​ ​energy​ ​monopolies​ ​and​ ​a​ ​transition​ ​to​ ​local,​ ​democratic control​ ​over​ ​the energy​ ​system.​

Sunrise Movement say: “We are ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in classrooms, living rooms, and worship halls across the country.

“Everyone has a role to play. Public opinion is already with us – if we unite by the millions we can turn this into political power and reclaim our democracy.”

From May through to November, Sunrise Movement’s “nonviolent army” of more than 100 young people will go all-in as volunteer organisers for the 2018 midterm election.

Focusing in on 10 politically significant states – including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, New York, and Minnesota, Sunrise Movement will demand that all candidates refuse fossil fuel money, and get behind candidates with a conscience and a spine, from the local to the statewide and federal levels.

The volunteer-powered youth-led movement is looking to sign up at least 100 young people to take a six-month break from their “ordinary lives to defend life itself” by serving as full-time volunteer organisers from June through the election in November.

After a one-week bootcamp at the beginning of the summer, known as Sunrise Semester, volunteers will fan out to one of five politically significant states – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, New York, and Minnesota – where they are expected to coordinate the efforts of thousands of our existing members and help bring in new recruits to the youth army.

For more information on Sunrise Semester and Sunrise Movement, visit their website.

Sunrise Movement

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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