A group of youth Climate activists attend a news conference on the Green New Deal.
Swedish teenage Climate change activist Greta Thunberg joined other youth leaders to urge U.S. lawmakers to support "transformative Climate action” during two days of meetings and speeches on Capitol Hill, starting on Tuesday.
The events are intended to drum up support ahead of a global "Climate strike” on Friday in which students and workers around the world will walk out to demand more action to fight global warming and pressure leaders attending the annual United Nations summit in New York later this month.
Democratic Senator Ed Markey, chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, hosted a news conference kicking off the meetings with the activists on Tuesday morning, before including them at the task force’s weekly meeting to discuss their "intergenerational" effort to combat Climate change.
"This movement is something that comes at a critical time," Markey said outside the Capitol building. "The science has made it very clear that the planet is running out of time."
Thunberg had no plans to speak at Tuesday’s events, a spokesperson said.
Markey is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal congressional resolution with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a high-profile New York Democrat who plans to meet with the activists this week.
Republican lawmakers and Trump administration officials have pilloried the Green New Deal as fantasy.
Trump is among a small minority of global leaders who have openly questioned the science of Climate change. He has announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global pact to stem the rise in global temperatures that he says would be damaging to the U.S. economy.
Nadia Nazar, co-founder the Zero Hour advocacy group and a youth activist speaker, said Friday's global strike would usher in "the beginning of the Green New Deal."
"The generation of the Green New Deal will not only survive but we will thrive.
We will no longer be known as the kids fighting the apocalypse. We will be known as the solution to the Climate crisis," she said.
From Lisbon to Oslo, children and Youths skipped school and voiced their anxiety about inheriting a warming planet with melting ice caps and worsening storms, floods and droughts.
As the social media-savvy teenager approached New York Harbour before dawn, she tweeted her excitement, saying: "Land!! The lights of Long Island and New York City ahead." The vessel then anchored off Coney Island, so those aboard could go through customs and immigration procedures.
The activists drove up to the British Treasury in a fire engine and sprayed red paint through the hose onto the building, though at one point they lost control of the hose.
The recipes are organized around five themes: Courage, Grace, Bliss, Love and Wisdom. From the Wisdom chapter, her Apple Snack Cake makes good use of leftover or blemished apples.
Pope Francis noted that the "distorted relationship between food and nutrition" has left almost 700 million people overweight, "victims of improper dietary habits."
Virgin Galactic introduced the custom suits that will be worn by the first private astronauts. Every space tourist will get their own custom suit that they can take home with them back on Earth, complete with a label of their name and their country's flag.
Many of the 85,000 tourists who visit each year head to the west coast, but eastern Greenland, with its glaciers, wilderness and wildlife starring whales and polar bears, is also attracting visitors.