The millennial-led Sunrise Movement has succeeded in convincing 45 House Democrats and several senators to support the Green New Deal, and now the grassroots group is planning to focus on young voters across the country to gather as much support as possible for the bold climate action and jobs proposal.
According to the Huffington Post, the two-year-old group is planning a 14-stop nationwide tour in March and April, visiting cities and towns in coal-producing states like Kentucky and Pennsylvania as well as California, New York, Michigan, and others to engage directly with young adults who may not be familiar with all the details of the Green New Deal—but who are likely among the 67 percent of millennials who believe the federal government should make environmental protection a top priority.
“The goal of the tour is to invite tens of thousands of young people into the movement,” Stephen O’Hanlon, a spokesman for the group, told the Huffington Post. “We want to go where they are, and one thing we’ve learned…is young people across the country, in red states, blue states, and purple states, are excited about what a Green New Deal could mean for their communities.”
At the events, attendees will be able to receive training in the kind of direct action that has enabled the Sunrise Movement to gather support on Capitol Hill in just a few weeks, as well as learning about the 10 million jobs the Green New Deal is expected to create over its first decade as the country mobilizes to build green infrastructure and transition to 100 percent renewable energy with zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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