Climate change could be basically the biggest intergenerational debt that’s ever been passed on.

That debt has inspired a group of teenagers across the country to plan a march on Washington, D.C. on July 21 to kickstart a new, young climate movement under the banner of Zero Hour.

The motivation is simple: they want a climate that, if not exactly like the one their parents have enjoyed, hasn’t been totally warped into a deathtrap of more deadly heat waves, powerful storms and ferocious seas. So is the argument: we need to start acting now to reduce carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. And the solutions are staring us in the face.

“With renewable energy, we could create an amazing world,” Jamie Margolin, a 16-year old sophomore from Seattle, told Earther. “We could create this beautiful world, but we’re letting the world burn.”

“I decided it was unfair that I can’t vote, I don’t get to choose who is in power, I’m too young to be in power, but I get to pay the price for the decisions that politicians make today,” Margolin said. “It’s not fair that I’m being left with this world that is falling apart.”




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