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Kent State University’s Sunrise Movement organized a protest in early November to call for action against rising climate temperatures.

Nearly 20 students attended the march, walking around campus and chanting in favor of environmental policies and carrying signs stating how old they will be in 2046.

According to the Day of Action Guide, posted on the group’s social media, the signs illustrated “the urgency of our demands”, as 2046 is “the approximate year we will reach 2 degrees Celsius of warming”. This is expected to result in “irreversible climate damage based on the current emissions trajectory”.

The protest was scheduled for November 10 in solidarity with the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference which was held from October 31 to November 13. climate ambition, building resilience and reducing emissions.

Campus Reform spoke with Grace Springer, event organizer and Sunrise Movement Action Manager, about the purpose of the protest and the impact students expect to make on campus.

“Sunrise Movement has been an on-campus band since early last summer, and because of COVID, we haven’t had too many opportunities to do things like [the protest]to come together in person and really show our support for climate policies,” Springer said.

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Springer spoke about the importance of making and wearing the panels, saying they had to show how old they will be in 2046, “the estimated year when we will reach two degrees of global warming based on emissions of carbon today”.

“By holding these signs and showing up on Wednesday, we were really sending the message that this is an issue that could affect our whole lives, and if we don’t start working on it right away, it will be too late. .”

Campus Reform delved into these claims when discussing the subject with Patrick Michaels, former director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute.

Michaels was also a research professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia and a contributing author and reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Regarding the trajectory of global warming, Michaels said the two-degree assertion “assumes that all warming that has occurred since 1850 has been caused by human activity.”

He disputed this claim as false, referring to a period of warming between 1910 and 1945 that raised temperatures by almost half a degree Celsius.

“When this started, we had barely increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If this warming was caused by CO2, it would now be several degrees warmer. So they are protesting on the basis of a false premise that they should have done more research on,” Michaels said.

As for the impact students hoped to achieve on campus, Springer noted that the Sunrise Movement’s mission was to work toward “a green new deal.”

“The Green New Deal is a bill that fundamentally revolutionizes our economy and makes it zero carbon emissions and completely green energy,” she explained.

Other intentions of the movement are to “push” local governments towards “more progressive climate legislation”.

The Sunrise Movement describes itself as the “climate revolution,” through which it advocates for making climate change a top priority, creating new jobs and ending the influence of fossil fuel leaders in politics.

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However, the core of the group’s ambition remains the establishment of a “Green New Deal”. Sunrise defines the agreement as:


Michaels said Campus Reform that such legislation would be insufficient to solve environmental problems.

“I imagine these people really think that solar energy and wind turbines can power a continent like Africa. They are seriously mistaken. The sun is below the horizon half the time, and it is near the horizon several hours a day, and the wind does not blow all the time. You can’t feed a society that way, we learned that in Texas last winter,” Michaels said.

He went on to note that President Biden’s Build Back Better plan should be watched by the public when it comes to environmental issues.

“This thing is loaded with solar power and wind turbines and all kinds of technology that doesn’t work,” Michaels said. “I suspect that Joe Manchin of West Virginia will not vote for him, and therefore he will die in the Senate. But the fact is that we are on the verge of truly absurd policies.

Campus Reform has contacted Sunrise Movement for comment. Kent State declined to comment. This article will be updated accordingly.


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