Zero Hour: Youth Climate March Coming to DC July 21

July 12, 2018

Baltimore Sun:

Research connects flooding and sea level rises to a warming climate. What we need now is action — policies to strengthen climate adaptation plans, making communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters; and policies that enhance climate mitigation, decrease our greenhouse gas emissions and keep our planet’s temperature under check. Such policies will require an enormous shift of attention and funding, transferring the $20.5 billion in subsidies that the American government gives to outdated fossil fuel infrastructure to clean, renewable energy and to adaptation mechanisms like raised housing or living shorelines. Imagine: What if the billions of dollars that our government currently pays to polluters to pollute were redirected to industries that reduce carbon footprints and put people first?

That is why we and thousands of other youth from around the country will be marching for climate justice in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 21, with Zero Hour, a completely youth-led movement. In addition to the march, the day will include speeches from young climate leaders and a showcase of artwork made by students from around the world. We will also be hosting a lobby day on Capitol Hill on July 19 in partnership with the march to campaign for feasible policy solutions to the climate crisis. To protect Baltimore County, Ellicott City and the dozens of other Maryland localities recently affected by the flooding, we need this second flood. We need a flood of people marching for climate policy, and we need a flood of policies that address the effects of climate change in an equitable and effective manner. Our government needs to shift the narrative by putting our dollars where they are needed.

Kallan Benson is a high school freshman from the Annapolis area. Claire Wayner is a recent high school graduate from Baltimore. They are spending their summer working with Zero Hour (Twitter: @ThisIsZeroHour), a youth-led climate justice organization leading a march in D.C. on Saturday, July 21. To join a bus from Baltimore, visit To learn more about the Zero Hour movement, visit .)


Rolling Stone:

Generation Z – millennials’ younger brothers and sisters – are increasingly finding their voices in the Trump era, expanding media-savvy campaigns for racial equality and gun control to encompass climate change. A group of high school students are now planning a nationwide series of climate marches on July 21st, when they will confront lawmakers in Washington, D.C. with a list of their demands for a livable climate.

“I’d say I do about three hours of conference calls every single day,” says Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in Seattle who is the lead organizer of the march. “I’m not new to the climate activism world.”

It’s true. Margolin is one of 13 young plaintiffs suing Washington state government for not taking sufficient action to address climate change. She frequently spends lunches answering emails instead of hanging out with friends. And the Seattle teen is not an anomaly: Statistically, young women of color such as Margolin are the demographic most engaged on climate issues.

Margolin started planning the upcoming climate march, which she calls Zero Hour, last August, after the Trump administration announced its plans to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. She recruited Mrinalini Chakraborty, head of strategy for the national Women’s March, to help the students file for permits and plan logistics. Now, the organizing committee includes dozens of youth from Connecticut to California. The official website for the march launched last week.

Now, the group is drawing inspiration from the teen-led movement for federal gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Margolin was particularly impressed when the Parkland students confronted lawmakers about accepting money from the NRA – which produced some predictably awkward stammers. Her team is considering making similar demands for politicians to refuse money from the fossil fuel industry.

The fervor of Parkland activists as they take their fight to national and state officials gives Margolin confidence that Zero Hour is on the right track, she says. For her, her youth and gender are natural assets in the fight against climate change. “I’m a 16-year-old Latina girl,” she says, “I can help.”



3 Responses to “Zero Hour: Youth Climate March Coming to DC July 21”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I’m conditionally giving them money if they can agree I won’t be put on any fucking mailing lists.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Meanwhile, Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

    Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peat “as soon as is practicable,” likely within five years.

    And better yet, Shell officially noted in its annual report last month that divestment has come to pose a material risk to their business.

  3. J4Zonian Says:

    It’s great that students are getting involved; their and our work needs to focus on getting politicians to pledge and work effectively for a climate mobilization, and if the ones we have won’t do it, they need to be replaced with ones who will. That includes the Supreme Court. Nothing else will do the job.


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