By Beret Leone
February 11, 2019
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) – Young people across the country are making their voices heard in the political sphere, it even happened Monday in Minnesota.
Members of the group “Minnesota Can’t Wait” gathered in front of the house chambers at the state Capital demanding action to combat climate change.
‘Minnesota Can’t Wait’ is a new activist group and statewide campaign led by middle school and high school students, including some from Rochester.
Monday afternoon while the house was in session, DFL representative Frank Hornstein brought the Green New Deal forward and student members were there to show their support.
Students spoke to a passionate crowd about why the bill is needed in Minnesota.
“If lawmakers don’t take action right now, the lawmakers in the future will suffer for it,” Minneapolis South High School Junior Tiger Worku said. “We see ourselves as future leaders and we want to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
Although modeled after the national Green New Deal, Hornstein says it’s the first bill of its kind to be proposed at a state level.
‘Minnesota Can’t Wait’ plans to be back at the Capitol Feb. 20.