WISCONSIN – Starting on Tuesday, April 21st, hundreds of students from across the country will take part in the Youth Climate Action Team’s three Earth Days of Action. Right now, organizers from across the world are being forced to develop new digital strategies to reach and mobilize young people. YCAT has moved to using livestreams and online games as a way of educating and engaging youth.
“Considering the current condition of our world, this Earth Day means a lot to us. Our Earth Days of Action will address the systems that have created the climate crisis and the ones that have made the COVID-19 crisis exponentially worse,” said Ayanna Lee, the Executive Director of the Youth Climate Action Team. “We hope that people from across the nation will join us in learning more about the root of the climate crisis and help us build a stronger movement.”
YCAT’s Earth Days of Action come at a very distressing time in world history. Millions of people are left without a job, don’t have access to health insurance, and are unable to pay their rent, mortgage, or utility payments. According to the International Monetary Fund, the United States is in the worst economic downturn since the great depression. YCAT’s Earth Days of Action will highlight the intersectionality of the climate crisis with the current struggles that many people across the world are facing during this crisis. The COVID-19 crisis is just a glimpse of what the world will face if we don’t take radical action now.
Who: Open to the public; primarily student-led.
What & When:
On Tuesday, April 21st at 1PM & 5PM YCAT will be holding a Kahoot! Kahoot is a popular online game-based learning platform that will allow YCAT to engage youth from all backgrounds. YCAT will be offering prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers of both games. Learn more at ycat.us/kahoot.
On Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day) at 6PM participants will join YCAT for a livestream featuring Joshua Collins for Congress! Panelists will discuss how the climate crisis is an intersectional issue and the need to attack it from the root.
Current panelists include:
Joshua Collins, Congressional Candidate for Washington State’s 10th District.
Danni Shull, Communications and Political Director for the Joshua for Congress Campaign.
Isabel Valentín, National Logistics Director for Puerto Rico Youth Climate Strike.
Sana Shaikh, Interim National Logistics Director for US Youth Climate Strike.
Read more about the panelists and livestream at ycat.us/live.
On Thursday, April 23rd YCAT organizers will hold a livestream detailing their petition. The petition urges Governor Evers to move our state onto 100% renewable energy by 2030. The livestream will start at 6 PM.
Learn more about the petition and the livestream here: ycat.us/petition.
Where: Events will be held via livestream at their respective webpages.