The Youth Climate Strike made its mark on Friday, Sept. 20 when 150 countries participated in the organization’s largest mass protest to date. Estimates have placed up to 4 million people joining the cause in a powerful showing of solidarity that has placed serious momentum behind globalism and carbon taxes.
The movement’s chapter in the United States was co-founded in Jan. 2019 by Isra Hirsi, the 16-year-old daughter of Somalian-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), to encourage students to skip school and cause a public scene to fight climate change.
NYCs massive #ClimateStrike march has begun, from Foley Sq down Centre St to Chambers St across to Broadway… and down to the Battery! Thank you @ClimateCrisis and everyone else marching! pic.twitter.com/WUpeRP0ZQS
— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) September 20, 2019
It's time to lift up the voices of young people on the frontlines of this crisis and ensure we are creating an intergenerational and intersectional climate justice movement.
Are you with us? pic.twitter.com/6ChpEvelSo
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) September 22, 2019
It was a historic day, and it’s just the beginning. 4 million people joined the youth-led call for climate action.
— 350 dot org (@350) September 22, 2019
“The climate crisis is such a massive issue that everything is impacted by it… everything is intertwined in some way,” Hirsi said before the massive event. She participated in the rally that took place at the Minnesota state capitol.
Hirsi has made it clear that the Youth Climate Strike is about more than raising awareness about the environment. It is really about stopping President Donald Trump, and making sure he is booted from the White House in 2020.
“President Trump, your actions are actually harming people. Millions of people across this country are being impacted by [your inaction],” Hirsi said during an appearance on Democracy Now. “Us young people are not going to stand down and allow this inaction to continue.”
“We will continue to be on the streets until we see some change from your office,” she added. “We are going to be voting you out because we need a leader that is actually going to take action on this incredible crisis.”
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Hirsi is not afraid to play the race card to advance her extreme leftist beliefs. She claims she stepped in to lead the environmental movement despite not knowing much about the cause, in order to steer it away from love of nature and toward social justice goals.
“Gun control and climate change are [considered] white issues,” she told a VICE reporter. “Black lives, police brutality, whatever, are not.”
“[They’re] talking about how much they love grass and their lakes—I can’t connect with you on that,” Hirsi said of the toxic whiteness within the environmentalist movement. “So it’s a subtle We don’t want you here because they talk about things, knowing people like me can’t relate.”
She hopes her example can further inject the issue of race into the environmental movement, to needlessly racialize yet another aspect of American politics.
“Knowing that I am not alone and that there are millions of kids around my age doing the exact same thing as me. Knowing that I have the power to inspire so many other young black girls and so many other like Muslim girls within the movement… gives me the motivation and the joy to keep doing the work that I do,” Hirsi said to Essence Magazine.
It is worth noting that Hirsi is the daughter from Omar’s second marriage, not the first, which is widely believed to have been consecrated with her own brother for the purposes of immigration fraud.
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