‘Don’t burn our future’: Climate activists light diplomas on fire outside White House

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A group of young people outside the White House hold their college and master’s degree diplomas in a candid message to President Joe Biden about his dwindling future in the face of a growing climate crisis.

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The protests organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network — which focuses on climate action in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC — called on the administration and Congress to include climate provisions in the president’s Build Back Better agenda and to reject the objections of Senators Joe Manchin and Kirsten. demanded. Cinema that threatens to derail emissions cuts.

Standing outside Lafayette Square in front of the White House on October 19, four activists lit their diplomas and told lawmakers, “Don’t burn our future.”

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Activist Zandra Coleman said her diploma “represents the hope I was promised for my future” but now “is too hard to imagine.”

Austin Miller, who burned a master’s degree in public administration, said, “We can’t cut climate with a reconciliation bill, we can’t cut climate provisions from the Build Back Better agenda.”

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“Climate is the most important thing, and if there is a cut from this bill, we are basically burning our futures,” Miller said. “There can be no talks on them.”

Manchin, the senator representing coal-rich West Virginia, is a key vote on the passage of a major budget bill, but his focus is on a program to encourage energy producers to move away from fossil fuels to solar, wind and nuclear power. Objection will eliminate one. Activists say climate is a key part of Biden’s agenda and threaten any progress against his handling of the crisis.

The group said the cuts in the Clean Electricity Demonstration Program are 30 percent of emissions reduction targets under the administration and “will save 300,000 lives through reduction of local air pollution alone.”

The group demanded that the administration dispose of a program or draft another to reduce 400 million metric tons of carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030.

“Manchin is causing these problems, but Biden is paying,” said Jamie DeMarco, federal policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Granthshala. “We need him to play hardball.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Joe Biden

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