Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Fossil Free Fast: the climate movement’s very own State of the Union, in response to President Trump’s disappointing national State of the Union speech.
“The debate is over,” Sanders announced. “The issue in front of us is not a scientific debate. It has everything to do political will.”
Sanders urges people to get involved in grassroots politics, to “knock on doors,” saying, “What we are about is telling Donald Trump and the Koch brothers and all of these people that their days are numbered. Fossil fuels’ days are numbered. We are going to transform our energy system.”
Getting involved in grassroots politics and electing officials that are not climate change deniers is extremely important, as Trump has filled his cabinet with notorious climate deniers:
President Trump failed to even mention climate change in his first State of the Union address earlier this week. To make matters worse, Rep. Joe Kennedy, the Democrat in charge of responding to Trump’s speech, failed to mention it as well.
Fossil Free Fast was hosted by 350.org and served as a launching point for the Fossil Free U.S. campaign, which calls for “an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects, and a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.”
Speakers included Bill McKibben, cofounder of 350.org, Hip Hop Caucus founder Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP, Cherri Foytlin of the Water is Life Camp in Louisiana, and Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement.