Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of young environmental activists are planning to demonstrate on Capitol Hill to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change. The activists are hoping to pressure 2020 presidential hopefuls to make the issue central to their campaigns.
Monday’s protest is organized by the Sunrise Movement. The group is pushing for a package of environmental targets including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years. They call it the Green New Deal.
No leading Democratic presidential contender has formally signed on. But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing a proposal that would broadly align with the group’s goals.
Organizers say the issue is a top priority for young Democrats. Some have cast their goals as unrealistic.