You know how the Parkland activists like David Hogg liked to say, “The young people will win” at the end of their tweets?

Youth Empower, run by the youth of the Women’s March, is hoping the young people will turn out in force July 21 to march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to fight for “climate justice.”

Zero Hour told us to take a look at their guiding principles, so we did. It’s a good thing too, because climate justice is a lot more complicated than we thought — it’s more than just phasing out plastic straws at Starbucks. And — surprise! — it’s anti-capitalist too. We hope you’re hungry for some word salad:

On the frontlines of climate change is the Global South, People Of Color, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, People with Disabilities, Poor People, Women, Queer and Trans People, and People belonging to marginalized faiths.

In our youth movement to combat climate change, we uplift the youth voices of these communities.

Youth leadership is transformational and visionary. Youth must lead because they have always shifted culture towards progress and collective liberation.

Systems of oppression (capitalism, colonialism, racism, and patriarchy) have led to climate change, therefore we must shift our culture away from these systems.

Intersectional movement-building is the only way we can achieve collective liberation because working together on intersecting issues will unify communities who wish to join our struggle for a safe and healthy future for all.

The people must take action rather than waiting for elected officials to lead.

The elected officials must comply with the demands of the youth, therefore they must pass and enforce legislation and support policies that protect life and our future on this planet.

This is a revolution.

Also, rape culture must be dismantled and animals are on the frontlines. This sure sounds like something the Women’s March would back.

How many clueless kids will join in this march thinking it’s actually about climate change? And how many of those kids can’t tell the difference between climate and weather? Bette Midler’s 72 and still can’t.

Nope. And those of us who support a capitalistic approach to conservation and oppose a carbon tax really aren’t welcome.


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