Millennials talk climate change activism

Isa Flores-Jones of Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice and Vic Barrett, a student and climate change activist, discuss climate change.
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Deaths that bring into this conversation now a couple of bright young environmental activists. Who have unique perspective on this debate in this conversation that -- floor as Jones. As a senior at harbor university joins us now she's. One of the under grads that participates in the environmental justice group also. Last Friday at Harvard a number of universities to divest from fossil fuels Isa great to see you. What are your thoughts on this Earth Day and house a common with your effort. To get Harvard to to cut off the fossil fuel use. Hi there I think so much for lying again to contribute to this conversation because if you wasn't. From my vantage points on one of the biggest things at this. Key gimme a thick. Yeah we got you Austin. Time is his feeling. Sort of helplessness and and apathy that we're really trying to fight. Com. As individuals and to use our power and is. Is students in a campaign to be able to you ask when it world's largest endowments to tide us from fossil fuels. And snowed the campaign I'm a part of this is asking for Harvard University pitched which has an endowment of 39 billion dollars. Which is larger than not it's called the clone animals as it is not face spoke. On its asking for the endowment to relinquish its holdings oil fossil fuel actual acts. Com. Counting think. And what what is your response to an east what what has what is the university. Generally been saying is there any openness on their part to considering your arguments. I think the response from the university is pretty much to direct our efforts towards those smaller scale measures that. Leaders were mentioning a little bit earlier to talk about. Replacing the trees in the dining hall for example. Perhaps turning off the lights. Com and recently I went to you I attended and one of those actors attended meetings quits the president of the university. To which comes to Austin direct dust huge university use. Energy consumption and stable at each had a teams that but I think. What is a part of our theory changed. And our idea about what we can all be doing collectively to make this transition how then is to ask could these institutions. On teams their models of investing. As well that it's not all of the individual accounts. To be quite honest. I don't have a lot of money I'm a student in means that my voice is not really hurt on the music. I'm not really it. Admit access to the same sorts of halls of power and un and I think that all of us right now especially on this campaign are ridiculous figures easing. On disability to YouTube colonists institution to be able to make that change to answer your question I hadn't really been listening. And and and what aligned for you know is it just drill laying did put pipelines in that category howry you sort of it. Explaining to Harvard what you're standard would be. Yes so. Right now harbored the majority of their money is actually not invested directly into this business is that you're talking about two pipelines. On the into suits that its coal mining operations. One of the things they are doing what they are directly invested is actually in large bronze at the cost it international rounds. On to essentially buy land from third party tigers who sees it from indigenous collectively managed. Com operator is and often in soybeans. And other kinds its large agribusiness on the exact area essentially displacing people that's for the direct. Wrecked investments aren't. And so part of the campaign is pushing them to cease not suspects the majority of the campaign is focused on these indirect investments so it's asking harbored. Tear essentially change the model of investing and to pull their money out of these commingled funds un Elvis is extremely opaque. And who have been asking is for more transparency from the university transparent keep it against you aren't here on the campus. Transparency community around the college on transparently everybody who think about out. Higher education as a model of leadership I'm asking for them to potentially die bounced from the Muqtada fossil fuel into a comp I truly am which is every part of this stop. He's a stand by speaking of transparency want to bring in nick Barrett student debt. University Wisconsin Madison who is part of that group of students are suing the federal government in court. From not being transparent enough about the threats and dangers of climate change also not doing enough. That great to see you you're also particularly worried about rising seats and that's been a focus of your advocates see there. Tell us about what you do in that part. Yeah so I've been a part of the lawsuit since I lose. Sixty years old and in high school. Eat now a lot of what you need to be a part of the lawsuit is doing crime acting isn't New York City and seeing how crime activism is related to environmental. Racism and how the climate change has a lot of systematic and then I'll eat institutional. Ways that it manifests and other people's lives disproportionately. I'm and I sizing up my own identity is being. Social Lanqing being briefing. Which is an Afro indigenous communities to Hun days. And what's being coastal people who exists on the coasts and seeing that might cultures things that really mean a lot to me could be completely decimated cannot exist in history books. Skated things we see you a little rise that is totally being on. There's actually bends in a moment of native people indigenous people across the world banning together over environmental protection we've seen that from. Rural Alaska two. Tribes in the rain forest can you talk a little bit about that community that's forms globally. Yeah. It's definitely been huge coming together of indigenous people from all over the world that exist in their own culture is. You know varying thousands of miles away have the shared identity is being really vulnerable to these issues but also always being stewards of the land always beats. The people that cared about the land. And look who should be turning to you for solutions on how we move forward socially culturally it's. When it comes protecting higher than what we put into dealing that. He's a floor Jones back at Harvard on this Earth Day what's one small thing all of us can do. To help protect the environment on this date will you give us one piece of advice for. Near to walk. He outlet mean I think he immediate thing that we're asking people to do on campuses. Come out to you are particular mass movement which is this Friday as flood harbored probably at 230 but really it's to show up for those mass movements that are happening. On the across the country really across the world I'm they take so much inspiration both from the work of indigenous on environmental activists. And also from presently extinction rebellion incident showing us how did you option to step out and I think combating that apathy. In anyway that's possible. And Beck what I you know what are you telling your friends and neighbors who are concerned who want to be involved. II think that Reilly start with people is definitely from a place in education. I think that people can indeed actions that a necessary. Leno and being on a college campus kids not just changing the straws and changing the trades it's not looking at the institutional fundamental fundamental systemic thing than a perpetuating this Christensen. Learning a little bit more about those things gives you more tools to auction reveal the top tier politicians about that they that they can begin in other than. Just don't eat red Herring ordered. Very high visible but low impact things. All right Dick Barrett a student at the university Wisconsin Madison thank you so much sir for joining us are also one of those. Suing the federal government in court will keep an iMac core case great to have you thank you for sharing. Are your perspective with us also want to thank you so floors Jones joining us from Harvard university and her efforts there for environmental justice thank you both.

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