Alameda Island Youth Share List of Demands

Youth vs. Apocalypse is organized youth-led actions for climate justice in response to the worldwide call for a climate week of action Sept. 20 to 27, with our planet in a state of climate emergency. Global youth climate strikes, organized by youth and climate change allies took place on Sept. 20. This started a week of climate-emergency actions. Worldwide general strikes took place on Sept. 27. 

San Francisco Youth Climate Strike
On Sept. 20, we called for a youth-led climate strike march, went to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, and left our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for. We started at the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and connected targets in government, finance and energy. For those who couldn’t join in person, we asked them to post on social media and tag our targets. 

Youth Demands

  • We demand a safe, healthy and just planet. This climate crisis threatens our ability to live. If climate change continues on this course, we won’t be able to eat, breathe or have safe shelter. In order to successfully fight the climate crisis we are facing, we must also fight the systems of white supremacy, racism, greed and exploitation that have led us to it. 

Fighting for climate justice means fighting for a world that is safe, healthy and just for all of its inhabitants. We must enact climate-emergency plans at the local, national and international level. 

  • We demand justice and asylum for people displaced by climate change. Individuals and families displaced by climate change seek asylum in a safe place because they have nowhere else to go. Climate justice means abolishing Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), closing concentration camps at the border, ending family separation and creating inclusive new laws and regulations that treat everyone as human.  
  • We demand policy based on science. We have 11 years before the effects of the climate emergency are irreversible. We can’t afford to compromise with climate-change deniers. We must enact immediate legislation based on scientific analysis of carbon emissions and the ways that climate disasters impact certain communities. 

Science clearly shows that global temperatures are rising dangerously, and that we are on track to face unprecedented climate disasters. We demand a Green New Deal, a resolution that lays out a science-based plan to reach negative carbon emissions by 2030. 

  • We demand that people, not corporations, influence policy. Representation and transparency are vital for successful democracies; corporate money must be taken out of politics. We demand all politicians sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.” We demand Citizens United must be overturned and super-PACs be abolished. 

Corporate funding and donations from millionaires and billionaires must be replaced with public funding of elections in addition to small-dollar donations. 

To ensure that every vote counts, we must restore the Voting Rights Act, secure automatic registration for every citizen above 18 and re-enfranchise those convicted of felonies. 

  • We demand equal rights for all. The government must be for the people, by the people; all policies and decisions made must be for the benefit of all. Black and Trans lives matter; the Equality Act must be passed. The rights of Brown, Black and Middle-Eastern migrants must be respected. 

Women deserve full reproductive justice, and equity in the workplace. We demand universal background checks and Medicare for All in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. 

We demand diversity and representation, and intersectionality must fuel the climate-justice movement. Frontline communities must have a voice and leadership role, and we look to indigenous communities to lead the transition to a just and sustainable world. 

  • We demand that humans protect the rights of nature. Just as humans have rights, nature has rights. Humans have a moral obligation to respect and protect plants, animals and ecosystems. We demand that the rights of nature be legally represented. 

This includes legislation to provide sanctuary for endangered species, regulate hunting and end deforestation, pollution, destructive fuel extraction, fracking, factory farming and unsustainable agriculture. 

All life is interconnected, and we must live in harmony with the Earth.  

  • We demand a just transition.Countries and individuals that have contributed the most to climate change must be held accountable. We demand urgent climate action, including the (GND), that protects vulnerable communities and creates economic justice. 

Policies must respect workers’ rights to living wages and health care, young people’s rights to free, relevant education and everyone’s right to affordable housing. To quote Movement Generation: 

Transition is inevitable. Justice is not. A just transition is the process of getting from where we are to where we need to be by transforming the systems of economy and governance. 

A just transition requires moving from a globalized capitalist industrial economy to linked local living participatory economies that provide well-being for all. 

 

Youth vs. Apocalypse is a diverse group of young climate-justice activists working together to lift the voices of youth, in particular youth of color, and fight for a livable climate and an equitable, sustainable and just world. Find out more at www.350.org.