The young and dumb calling…..

In a video posted on YouTube, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking young people to join a work group of “youth climate justice leaders.”

“Today, young people are leading the charge for climate action, spreading knowledge and finding solutions to propel our nation toward a climate resilient future,” Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior advisor on environmental justice, said in the video.

In a video posted on YouTube, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking young people to join a work group of “youth climate justice leaders.”

“Today, young people are leading the charge for climate action, spreading knowledge and finding solutions to propel our nation toward a climate resilient future,” Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior advisor on environmental justice, said in the video.

The advisory council issued a directive following a blog posted by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. in February where they compared fighting climate change to the civil rights movement.

“We’re moved by the words of Jibreel Khazan spoken in Greensboro, NC on the 55th anniversary of the Greensboro Four sitting down at the lunch counter inside the Woolworth store on February 1st, 1960:

“‘Climate change is young people’s ‘lunch counter moment’ for the 21st century. When my three classmates and I sat down at that lunch counter to end segregation we did not know what the outcome would be. We simply knew that we had to act. We had to take bold action for necessary change to come about. It is in the tradition of civil and human rights struggle that young people today are calling for action on climate change. It is the biggest threat to justice and opportunity our planet has ever seen.’

“Fighting for environmental justice, and climate justice, echoes the spirit of America’s great civil rights leaders; it’s a spirit fueled by our moral obligation to leave our children a world safer and rich with opportunity,” the blog said. “History proves even the most wrenching strains on justice can be unwound, with a committed, diverse, and vocal coalition of people calling for change.

“That’s why EPA, the Hip Hop Caucus, and organizations around the country are fighting for climate justice—so we can further fairness and opportunity for all,” the blog said.

“Youth” is defined on the work group application as 18-29. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.