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Youth Climate Activists Have Endorsed Bernie Sanders. Can It Tip the Scales?

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Youth climate activist endorsements began with December 6 announcement by Youth Climate Strike, an organizations helping spur weekly Friday protests in the model of Greta Thunberg’s school strikes. Isra Hirsi of Minneapolis said Sanders’s plan was leagues ahead of the other candidates: “Before Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal, we weren’t talking about front-line communities, we weren’t talking about Indigenous sovereignty like we should have,” in campaign video

Green New Deal report cards are based on a rubric of 48 components, such as “Arctic protection” and “sovereignty rights & Indigenous lands,” Sanders scored a 45, in comparison with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 38. Indigenous groups have called for a Red Deal that would go further than any candidates’ climate plans on centering Native climate needs through policies like a total moratorium on oil, gas and coal extraction.

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