Young people from around the globe have taken to the streets – and to the United Nations – to protest adult inaction on climate change. Before the impeachment firestorm consumed the headlines, a powerful speech by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, aroused strong emotions. 

This week, we take a look at how students and teachers in California are helping to raise awareness and shape action in the fight against global warming. 

We speak with one of the young environmental activists who helped organize the actions in California, 16-year-old Isha Clarke, a senior at MetWest High School in Oakland and a leader in a group called Youth vs. Apocalypse. We also speak with Karen Cowe, CEO of Ten Strands, an organization that promotes environmental literacy in California schools, about how climate change and other environmental issues are being taught in California.

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