The youth local weather motion has gained huge momentum over the previous few years. Whereas progressive teams are typically essentially the most well-known, conservative youth activists are additionally increasing their presence in American politics.
The Republican Social gathering stands to lose a complete era of voters if it doesn’t embrace a extra environmentally pleasant agenda. We communicate to Benji Backer, government director of the American Conservation Coalition, about what he thinks Republicans are getting proper and fallacious on local weather heading into the 2020 election. We additionally talk about the 50-day highway journey he launched into this week in a Tesla Mannequin X to focus on native local weather options from throughout the political spectrum.
Benji and a bunch of college-aged buddies created The American Conservation Coalition in 2017 with a dream of creating environmental points nonpartisan. The Republican-leaning group says it’s devoted to mobilizing younger individuals round local weather motion and environmental safety by means of commonsense, market-based and limited-government beliefs — even when meaning criticizing members of their very own social gathering.
On this episode of Political Local weather, we speak to Benji about what younger, conservative local weather activists need and debate Republicans’ current monitor document on local weather motion.
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