Keeping up the pressure on the Democratic leadership to embrace bold and popular solutions that are aligned with the science, youth climate leaders on Thursday occupied the D.C. office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) to demand that he either show true leadership by supporting a Green New Deal or "step aside."
"Real climate leadership means a commitment to bold climate action and a just transition. It means a Green New Deal," a 16-year-old New Yorker named Jordan declared during Thursday's demonstration, which comes just weeks after young climate campaigners demonstrated at the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
— drew hudson (@wealsoherdcats) January 17, 2019
"We're not going anywhere, Sen. Schumer," 350.org, one of the groups that organized the action, wrote on Twitter. "We're going to keep showing up until Democratic leaders like you step up and show the real climate leadership we need—or step aside."
We're not going anywhere, @SenSchumer. We're going to keep showing up until Democratic leaders like you step up and show the real climate leadership we need—or step aside. #GreenNewDeal #StepUporStepAside
Text DEAL to 83224 to join the action. pic.twitter.com/WOi3EYR2Vn
— 350 Action (@350action) January 17, 2019
Check out the banner folks just dropped over @SenSchumer's office here in DC: "Dear Dems—what's your climate plan?"
We need a #GreenNewDeal to address the scale of the climate crisis. This movement is here to give elected leaders a choice: #StepUpOrStepAside. pic.twitter.com/KUptbEIvhY
— 350 dot org (@350) January 17, 2019
Watch a livestream of the demonstration:
"Last month, thousands of young people took to D.C. in a show of force to fight for a Green New Deal and real climate leadership in Congress. Now we're back on Capitol Hill to demand the only feasible solution that meets the urgency and scale of the climate crisis: A Green New Deal," 350.org's Roberto Juarez wrote in an email on Thursday.
"With Congress back in session and new progressive champions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib in office," he continued, "we have an historic opportunity to drastically alter the course of our future. That's why today, we're pulling out all the stops to ask Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic leadership to step up as real climate leaders."