Tonight in over 100 communities across the United States, 350 organizers met online to discuss the future of the movement to solve environmental challenges like global warming, fossil fuels and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The same people who organized a historic rally of nearly 50,000 activists in DC last month brought the movement to the people today via online chat.
Organizer Bill McKibben wrote,
'We just had the biggest climate rally in US history, and the movement to divest from fossil fuels is sweeping the country, so we have a lot to cover. It looks like the next few months will be very exciting.'
McKibben offered activists some expert advice on the role of youth and their parents' and teachers' responsibility in creating future environmental caretakers and educators.
McKibben advises parents and teachers to let children simply “fall in love with the natural world during their first 7-8 years.” He believes they'll naturally want to protect nature and do the right things.
As the only parent leading the group chat, McKibben advises, after that, encourage children to be active “as early as possible.”
“Raise them right to be good fighters!”
McKibben points out that “high school—and even junior high school students have been leading our work all over the world.”
He encourages adults to help them with tasks from transportation to divestment.
McKibben's own daughter is leading the movement at Brown University to divest its assets from fossil fuels.
McKibben said, “It's exciting to see that level of youth leadership.”