Opinion: Polarizing the climate debate is a good way to never achieve climate policy

By Kelsey Grant

This was originally published on 07.28.2021 as a guest column in The Colorado Sun.

Last month, more than 500 youth from the Sunrise Movement staged a protest along the perimeter of the White House, holding signs that read “Biden, You Coward, Fight For Us,” after he endorsed an infrastructure deal that didn’t contain the climate provisions they hoped for.

Since then, deaths from a historic heatwave have risen, an Exxon lobbyist was recorded saying the company funded anti-science “shadow” groups, and Greta Thunberg’s speech at the Austrian World Summit re-energized the environmental community.

After this recent accumulation of momentous climate-related events, young activists are itching to make their next move. But before they get their striking placards and climate chants ready, I encourage them to pause and hear me out.

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