Many of the new Democrat members of the House of Representatives campaigned on the idea of moving out and away from what they have felt was the party’s unwillingness to move aggressive to combat climate change. Back in November more than 200 activists protested on Capitol Hill, demanding a Green New Deal—a massive economic stimulus package designed to create jobs, remake the U.S. energy system, and fight climate change.
Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waded into their midst, vaulting the movement to national prominence. As determined young protesters in matching brown T-shirts hunkered in front of the unoccupied desk of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, holding signs reading, “Step Up or Step Aside” and “Green Jobs for All,” Ocasio-Cortez addressed them.
“I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you for putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure that we save our planet, our generation, and our future,” she said.