US Youth Climate Strikes: Our platform

This set of demands should not be read as a simple set of demands to be put forward, but rather as sneak peeks into larger, more comprehensive policy plans constructed for each of these issues.

This set of demands ideally will outline not only what we feel is necessary to combat the climate crisis, but also addresses the necessary intersections of climate justice.

1. NET ZERO

We support Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030 as is necessary in order to stay below a 2 degrees Celsius climate temperature increase, which is described to be catastrophic for ecosystems.

2. INFRASTRUCTURE

  • We support a Green New Deal for public transportation and the institution of high speed rail throughout the continental United States.

  • Increase green streets.

  • We support the increased designation of more of the road towards bike lanes

  • We support the reinvestment of public funds used for the maintenance of various roads into the production of effective Public Transportation

3. AGRICULTURE

  • We support a Green New Deal for National Agriculture

  • We support the socialization of privately owned, but unproductive land (often used for tax breaks) for the purpose of national food security and/or reforestation

  • We support the use of all the methods of the state, be they incentives, oversight or public seizure in order to ensure the sustainable production of livestock.

  • We support the use of government instituted incentives, regulation and oversight in order to increase the amount of sustainable food choices in grocery stores.

  • We support the institution of public food gardens, which would provide vegetables and other supplementary food items to the communities without access to these goods.

  • Permaculture

  • Access to healthier foods / combat food desert

  • We support the restriction/outlawing of certain environmentally harmful industrial-agricultural fertilizers.

  • We support the better management and distribution of food waste into compost and other sustainable options

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4. RENEWABLES

  • We support the full move to 100% renewable energy production by 2030.

  • We support a comprehensive plan for the social ownership and AI oversight over the National Power Grid.

    1.  AI management

    2. Full Social Ownership

    3. Democratic workers control and self management

    4. Energy efficient solar and wind power grid

    5. Fully sustainable and renewable by 2030.

5. INDIGENOUS RIGHTS & DECOLONIZATION

We demand the full protection and restoration of the rights of indigenous people, including (but not limited to) cultural, social, economic, political and full self determination over the lands designated via treaties (including ones violated by the US government). We support a full and comprehensive plan for decolonization and self determination of all oppressed nationalities and colonies in the United States.

6. HOUSING

We demand a comprehensive sustainable housing plan which is energy efficient, renewable safely constructed, affordable by method of rent control and Combats gentrification, exclusionary zoning, segregation, and speculation. We support a move towards vertical housing in the form of skyscrapers, rather than the horizontal expansion of housing.

7. JUST TRANSITION

We demand a comprehensive just transition plan that builds dual power and counter institutions that will shift the economic, social and political paradigm from an extractive, capitalist economy into a regenerative, socialist economy.

  • We support bringing the national power grid under democratic workers control.

  • We support funding reeducation policies to retrain workers who were employed in polluting industries

  • We will build dual power and counter institutions

  • Production and consumption is to be approached holistically

  • A general move to public ownership of the means of production

  • A move away from extractive capitalist economics towards a regenerative socially planned economy. I.e. a move away from goods that are produced and distributed for the purpose and the assumption of sale, towards the production and distribution of goods for use, and the fulfillment of human needs.

  • Federal Jobs Guaranteed

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8. EDUCATION

We demand a comprehensive education plan that will greatly expand the curriculum about the climate crisis and its effects.

  • We support expanding the curriculum around the education of climate change into its intersections in other classes such as economics, social studies, and more.

  • How climate change effects the wealth gap

  • We support increasing public funding for climate research

  • Ecofeminism

  • We support expanding school curriculums to include education about how the climate crisis will harm disabled people.

  • Environmental Justice centered curriculum

9. MARINE BIODIVERSITY

We demand a comprehensive plan to protect and restore marine biodiversity nationally and internationally.

10. PUBLIC LAND CONSERVATION

We demand a comprehensive plan to protect all vulnerable ecosystems and the public ownership and management of the stated vulnerable ecosystems.

11. RECYCLING

We demand a comprehensive recycling plan to manage the distribution of our waste, and recycle harmful heavy metals.

12. DISASTER RELIEF

We demand a comprehensive plan for increased funding and disaster relief infrastructure in coastline communities

13. CLIMATE MIGRATION

We demand a comprehensive plan to support immigrants fleeing from the climate crisis by allowing residence and establishing programs to support them once they arrive.

14. INTERNATIONAL TRADE

We demand an end to nonrenewable energy subsidies. We demand an end to unfair ad exploitative WTO rules that favor multinational companies exploiting land and labor in the Global South

15. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Reparations for indigenous people, reparations for black people, reparations for marginalized communities that have been impacted by pollution

Health care for marginalized communities that have been impacted by pollution

Zoning laws that do not perpetuate environmental racism

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Published at https://www.youthclimatestrikeus.org/platform