Youth launch Minnesota Can't Wait policy platform to Governor
Earlier this month, youth environmental activists from across Minnesota asked Governor Walz to take immediate action on climate change. Their statement read:
"Minnesota can't wait for bold, but necessary, action to combat climate change. We, the young people of Minnesota, are calling on our leaders to do what's needed for our state to stop emitting greenhouse gases and be fossil fuel free within a decade. We want a transition to clean renewable energy that is equitable for all Minnesotans because the longer we delay, the more it threatens the health, safety, and happiness of our generation and all who follow."
The Minnesota Can't Wait platform calls for:
- A Minnesota Green New Deal bill
- No new development of fossil fuel infrastructure
- Executive action from Governor Walz to direct the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions
The youth activists stated that "climate action is needed now more than ever. The longer we wait to make effective changes, the more this issue will unjustly burden our generation and future ones, denying us the right to life, liberty, and happiness. Youth are leading the way in amplifying the message that Minnesota Can't Wait."
MN Can't Wait is a statewide campaign led by middle school and high school students with support from environmental organizations including iMatter, Climate Generation's Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and more. Visit www.mncantwait.com to learn more.
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