Friday was the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
As people took to the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, Democracy Now! host a roundtable discussion with youth activists organizing marches in the United States.
The marches happened in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis — ahead of this week’s U.N. Climate Action Summit.
DN was joined by Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old climate justice activist originally from Mexico.
She is an organizer with Fridays for Future New York and a student at Beacon High School in New York;
Katie Eder, a 19-year-old climate justice activist who founded the Future Coalition, where she is currently the executive director.
Juwaria Jama, a 15-year-old and first-generation Somali from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who is with U.S. Youth Climate Strikes and is the co-state lead for the Minnesota Youth Climate Strike.
And lastly, Isra Hirsi, a high school junior and executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, daughter of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar;
Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government;
Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
Nasratullah Elham, an Afghan high school student studying in Phuket, Thailand whose visa to the United States was rejected after being invited to the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit.
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