Change the Climate 2020

LCV Statement on Youth Climate Strike and 2020 Climate Forum

Sep 20, 2019

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 202-454-4573

Washington, D.C. — In response to a momentous week for climate action, including global youth climate strikes and 12 hours of conversations with 2020 presidential candidates about how they would tackle the climate crisis, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from SVP of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld


“There is no overstating the importance of the historic climate strike led by Greta Thunberg and young people around the world. In this pivotal week for youth-led climate action, it is more clear than ever that elected officials across the globe must listen to the young people whose lives are being defined by this crisis.

“Toward that end, kudos to MSNBC, moderators Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi, Georgetown University, New York Magazine, and Our Daily Planet for getting more than half of the 2020 Democratic presidential field to go deep on climate action in an unprecedented 12 hour, two day climate forum. Voters are hungry for more than rehearsed talking points, and candidates were wise to take advantage of this opportunity to have serious, substantive conversations about their climate plans. 

We look forward to continued serious and substantive discussion  about climate solutions as the presidential continues. Every media outlet should engage the candidates on the climate crisis and climate solutions and focus on the communities most impacted by the climate crisis and and exposure to toxic pollution.”


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