A group of Bay Area middle and high school students released a song Wednesday to call attention to the importance of combating climate change, even during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Students with the climate advocacy group Youth vs. Apocalypse released the song, titled “No One is Disposable,” as a way to take action on Earth Day despite being stuck inside due to local and state shelter-in-place orders.
The group also plans to hold an online climate strike and train activists how to express their opposition to the East Bay Community Energy Board of Directors’ consideration of adding nuclear power to its energy portfolio. The EBCE board is expected to vote on the proposal when it meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Fifteen-year-old activist Lizbeth Ibarra said:
“We’re taking action online for Earth Day because having to be home doesn’t mean that the fight for a livable future has ended.”
“Especially now, it’s important to emphasize that #NoOneIsDisposable because during this pandemic, it’s become more clear how flawed and unjust our society is.”
The group plans to hold Earth Day-centric events through Friday to promote climate activism and discuss the ways in which the pandemic, climate change and issues of environmental justice are linked.
Activist Elsis Saravia, 14, said:
“On this Earth Day I challenge you to stand up to those corrupt, money hungry, and exploitive corporations and ask your politicians to call upon a Green New Deal and use your voice to advocate for those that are labeled as ‘disposable’ because no one is disposable and neither is the place we call home.”
Information on Youth vs. Apocalypse can be found at youthvsapocalypse.org.