Young Climate Activists Push Democrats to the Left

Producer/Director Samantha Stark

Many Democrats want their 2020 presidential nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But liberal activists, party officials and even some of the candidates themselves disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish both tasks. How they settle their differences over proposals like the Green New Deal, a groundbreaking climate-change plan, will likely influence the party’s — and the country’s — future.

“The Weekly” tags along for three months with the young, liberal activists of the Sunrise Movement as they aggressively press their case for revolutionary measures alongside Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders. And we catch up with the Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and other party loyalists, some of whom warn that radical policies may jeopardize their chances of beating Trump, who has mocked the threat of climate change in the past.

Astead W. Herndon has been a national political reporter for The New York Times since he joined the paper in 2018. Before that, he was a reporter in The Boston Globe’s Washington bureau covering the Trump White House and covered City Hall for the Globe. Follow him on Twitter @AsteadWesley.

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Producer Lizzie Blenk
Director of Photography Andreas Burgess and Vanessa Carr
Video Editor Geoff O’Brien and Sean Frechette
Senior Story Editors Dan Barry, Liz O. Baylen and Liz Day
Co-Producer Lora Moftah

Source: NYT

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