Varshini Prakash is the executive director and co-founder of the Sunrise Movement.
This is one of those episodes I want to put the hard sell on. It’s one of the most important conversations I’ve had on the show. The fact that it left me feeling better about the world rather than worse — that was shocking.Varshini Prakash is co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement. Sunrise is part of a new generation of youth-led climate-change movements that emerged out of the failure of the global political system to address the climate crisis. They’re the ones who made the Green New Deal a litmus test for 2020. They’re the reason there might be a climate debate. They’re the reason candidates’ climate plans have gotten so much more ambitious.Behind these movements is the experience of coming of age in the era of climate crisis and the new approach to organizing birthed by that trauma. We also talk about Sunrise’s theory of organizing, why it’s a mistake to say you’re saving the planet when you’re saving humanity, Sunrise’s motto “no permanent friends, no permanent enemies,” the joys of organizing in the face of terrible odds, and, unexpectedly, the Tao Te Ching.This is a conversation about climate change and about political organizing, but it’s also about finding agency amid despair. Don’t miss it.Book recommendations:Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.This Is an Uprising by Mark Engler and Paul EnglerTao Te Ching by Laozi *******************************************************The Ezra Klein Show has been nominated for best Society- culture podcast in this year’s People’s Choice Podcast Awards! Cast your vote for The Ezra Klein Show at before July 31st. One vote per category.Please send guest suggestions for our upcoming series on climate change to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement joins us to discuss all the excitement around the Green New Deal, the most ambitious plan for climate action in our nation's history. Also, Climate Brad Johnson of End Climate Silence also joins us to discuss how climate change is destroying all of the places listed by Trump in his State of the Union speech.
Inspiring environmental justice activist and co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash, joined Senator Jamie Eldridge to talk about how the Sunrise Movement is pushing to change systemic inequity through intersectional activism. Volunteer armies, pressuring politicians to commit to serious climate change action, and campaign advocacy are some of the key ways the Sunrise Movement is mass mobilizing for meaningful change, whether it's fighting for a Green New Deal or other equity policies. If you want to change the world, listen to this edition of The Eldridge Files.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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