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Adults failed to take climate action. Meet the young activists stepping up

Some are calling climate change this generations civil rights movement. These are the young activists resulting the charge

Adrian Horton

Despite being scarcely two years old, the Sunrise Movement has outpaced established environmental groups in the push to radically reshape the political landscape around climate change. Closely allied with new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has helped set out a sweepingly ambitious plan to address climate change in the shape of the Green New Deal.

The movement comprises a small core team of young organizers, supported by a larger group of several hundred volunteers. The group’s elevation of the Green New Deal has clearly riled Trump, who has falsely but repeatedly claimed that the programme would result in the banning of cars, air travel and even cows.

The Guardian spoke to Sunrise members on how individual organizations has swayed the political and environmental establishment in the US.

Interviews as told to Adrian Horton, Dream McClinton and Lauren Aratani

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