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we are doing this to wake them up, to get them to act. we demand a safe future. >> and that's "hardball" for now. all in with chris hayes is next. tonight on a special edition of "all in." >> why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us? >> it is the single biggest story on the face of the planet. there's a man made catastrophe as protests rage across the globe, as candidates convene to call for action. >> there is a global extinction going on right now. >> breaking news about how the trump administration is actively working to make things work. >> you're telling me that major auto makers are scared of the president? >> because donald trump is threatened. >> our special report on a climate in crisis. >> so when it rains around the country, it pours here. >> the glacier height was of the
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height of the mountain. >> and because of that there's no jobs. >> this is a special edition of "all in" climate in crisis. good evening from washington, d.c., i'm chris hayes. today the crisis of climate change became the biggest story on the face of the planet. it was enormous day of protests across the globe. millions of people participating in coordinated actions. in australia the biggest protest in years, organizers saying more than 300,000 people poured into the streets. in london a massive turn out as well. protesters blocking roads around parliament for hours. in johannesburg an activist calling on the south african government and in afghanistan a march led by brave young and women flanked by armed guards
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and in bangkok, in lapaz, protesters tying themselves to trees as wildfires rage across bolivia. this was shot by a 15-year-old climate activist, this one by a researcher and musician in islamabad, and in the u.s. there were protests in more than 1,000 locations including right here in washington, d.c. at least one protest in every state of the union. hundreds of thousands marching the streets of new york and san francisco, philadelphia, boston and all across the land. tonight we have a special report. we have reporters standing by across the country and beyond with updates and breaking news on the state of the climate, the effort to get the world to act and the attempts by the trump administration to block that action. here in washington, d.c. site of day two of climate reform we spoke to 11 presidential candidates plus one republican who says it's time for his party
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to join the fight. and we've come to washington, d.c. because the one place on this entire planet where we have the greatest chance to do something to avoid the most catastrophic effects of global climate change is in that building behind me, and the one down the street at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. this is the capitol city of the most powerful country in the world. it is ground zero for the struggle we're engaged in and right now the ompoints of that building and the one down the street are failing us. the breaking story being reported tonight. the story that the trump administration has determined that climate change played a role in driving the record migrations from guatemala to the u.s. recently and rather than acting on it, decided to ignore its own internal report and even cut off aid to that central american nation. jacob, tell us about the story you and julia broke earlier
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today. >> reporter: chris, the trump administration had in hand evidence presented to them by customs and border protection, cbp, in which they collected data that indicated very clearly that climate change caused hunger, food and security, acute food and security, starvation basically was causing migration to the united states. 100,000 plus people have left guatemala over the course of the last couple of years, the largest country from central america to the southern border and instead of take that evidence and double down on foreign aid here, the trump administration suspended foreign aid that would help mitigate what was going on down here in guatemala and put that money towards an approach on stemming migration. >> you've been down there reporting on how the climate has been affecting quat maguatemala.
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>> people are literally starving to death. they're not leaving to go get a job or some sort of future in the united states that the president has sort of talked about. people are leaving because they're looking to save their lives and their family's lives. honestly seeing it is not something i expected to see and i want everybody to see it. take a look. we started here in guatemala city leaving early to follow our guides on a journey deep into the country, but we didn't have to go far to see the hardship climate has brought here. >> i'll here with these guys from columbia university and the world food program. we started talking to one of those small farmers who showed up to sell banana. you know at least 100 people who left to the united states. >> no less than 100 people. >> reporter: most who left were in the coffee business like him.
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he says he's barely surviving by selling bananas instead. an applied climatologist at columbia university. >> he's been using bananas as a backup. >> reporter: but not everyone has a backup plan. we carried on and four hours later drove through a town on our way to a village only reachable with four-wheel drive. you can tell the paved roads have ended here and we're on our way to los sopas. last year five kids in the village died of starvation brought on by climate induced crop failure. many of their parents have left for the united states as a last resort. now as an emergency response the u.n. agency is feeding kids at this school. nearby we met this man, a village leader. he took us to some coffee plants that would normally be as good as cash but today is becoming
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worthless because of a fungus spreading rapidly due to climate change. >> translator: before there were really good paying jobs. >> reporter: the climate crisis here hit just as prices fell to a quarter of what they were previously because of the competition. can you survive on that amount of money? >> it's not possible. >> reporter: and so people are leaving. we met this woman who now lives alone. where's your family? >> translator: they migrated to the united states. my husband and my daughters. >> reporter: when did they go? >> translator: four months ago. with this drought there's no work and they migrated after four years of water crisis. >> reporter: there's been four years of a water crisis and because of that, there's no jobs. later that afternoon we began the bumpy journey out of las sopas. there's a lot of talk of a humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the united states, but the reality is the
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real humanitarian crisis is right here. >> lack of opportunity, no credits, no insurance. think about starting into an agriculture entrepreneurship without all the safety nets that any other farmer in the world would have. >> reporter: we headed to our next stop, an even dryer part of the country. the following morning we made our way to a rural village where different crops and farmers who tend to them are also struggling. this is the reality a lot of small farmers deal with out here. not only is he saying you've got to pay attention to rattlesnakes but you can drive as far as you can and then you have to hike. she's showing us what she grows here or more accurately what's not growing here anymore. this is corn. and obviously this corn is dead. >> that was a watermelon.
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>> reporter: this is a watermelon. this type of situation what's happening to her and what's happening to her crops is exactly what you're trying to avoid. >> correct. >> how do you do it? >> we're trying to do with a new seasonal forecast system try to them exactly how much water they're going to get throughout the year so they can adjust their agriculture calendar to avoid failing of crops. >> reporter: while the search for long-term solutions continues, desperate farmers here are turning to their last resort. your daughter who is 16 went back to philadelphia trying to make a better life. what did she tell you when she went to the united states, when she crossed? >> she felt really happy. >> reporter: this is her house. everywhere instead there are reminders her daughter left behind. this butterfly, this was done by her daughter in the u.s. she shows me other drawings, too. what's it like to see them, i
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asked her. she says, i feel sad. a familiar story to the tens of thousands of guatemalans leaving on roads just like this to the united states. chris, i don't think i can be any clearer. the president of the united states, at least the trump administration had in hand exactly a year ago a report that described to that administration exactly what i saw on the ground here, that people are starving to death leaving for the united states as a result of that. and that starvation is exacerbated by climate change that's happening on the ground here. and instead of fixing that situation, they totally pulled funding from other organizations here. >> what is the u.n. or what are any ngos or anyone doing trying to make sure these folks have some kind of recourse, some kind of safety net? >> well, the u.n. specifically, the world food program who took us out does not rely on funding
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from the united states government, but there are plenty of organizations who do. and i talked to a source on the ground here today and said that money has already been pulled from those organizations. so they're going to rely from money that doesn't from the government. and just launched a next gen program for a seasonal forecasting system, they don't rely on united states funds and for the time being that's how it's going to be. >> jacob, that was an incredible, incredible piece of reporting. that was really great. we also found out this week the trump administration is trying to actively sabotage efforts by the state of california and major auto makers to raise emission standards above the national average. for that i'm joined by jo ling kent. >> hey, chris, we're in california here where there are more cars sold in this state than any other. and that's why the state of california along with 23 other
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states is bringing a new lawsuit dropped today against the trump administration because they want to win back their right to set their own greenhouse gas emissions standards, and because california often sets the tone for the rest of the nation, this could soon impact production lines across the country. this is ohio where inside this plant about the size of 39 wal-marts honda new york is manufacturing electric and hybrid vehicles around the clock. what's the demand like on this car right now? >> this is great. sales have been up. we doubled from two years ago. >> reporter: this is the accord, one of honda's best selling cars and it's at the center of a nasty high stakes political battle. so we suited up in their safety gear to see what's on the line. in july honda along with ford, volkswagen and bmw, voluntary struck a deal with california to meet stricter tailpipe emission
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standards. >> climate change is real, and we have to address it by improving the full economy of our products and transitioning the fuel our products use from gasoline to electricity. >> reporter: the goal of the deal, increase fuel efficiency to nearly 51 miles a gallon by model year 2026. 13 other states are following suit. by contrast the trump administration wants to drive in the opposite direction and rule back obama era standards to 37 miles a gallon. do you feel like customers want that, that increased fuel efficiency? >> absolutely. so fuel efficiency translates for the customer as reduced energy cost, reduce gasoline cost for the car. >> reporter: the four auto makers plan to apply the stricter standards to all vehicles sold nationwide. and the fact that these auto makers want to regulate themselves has trump furious. do you think president trump is
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taking this emissions issue personally? >> yeah. i think it's all personal for him. >> reporter: california governor gavin newsom says his state has the legal right to set legal standards. under the clean air act it can lay out the rules that are tougher than the president's. the president tweeted california will squeeze companies to a point of business ruin. what's your response to that? >> i asked bill ford, i asked the folks at bmw, i asked in the privacy of an off-the-record conversation a vast majority of the other automobile manufacturers, 17 representing 90% of the market that wrote a public letter to donald trump and to me saying compromise on this. we don't want to abandon the obama era rules. >> reporter: undeterred trump's justice department turned up the heat in august, suddenly launching an inquiry into the four auto makers for anti-trust. the justice department confirmed
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the anti-trust letters were sent but wouldn't comment on the ongoing investigation. >> it's honestly laughable. these four companies voluntarily agreed to higher standards and they're somehow claiming they have no right to agree to higher standards. >> so you think the doj investigation into anti-trust -- >> purely political. pure politics and it's disgraceful politics. and unless he can get them to back off on the volunteer agreements then they're going to go with the higher standards. trump will lose. there's no way out for him. so he has to beat them down. what a pathetic state of affairs. >> reporter: newsom believes the u.s. economy depends on making cars with lower emissions to survive. >> these domestic automobile makers will get crushed unless they're able to compete on the international market. that's why this is a jobs killer, that's why this is an innovations killer. >> reporter: the fight has had a chilling effect on makers like
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ma ma mercedes benz. you're telling me auto makers are scared of the president here? >> we've had not one but two not in support of the voluntary agreement. because donald trump has threatened them. >> reporter: california's new emissions requirement facing another setback when the trump administration stripped california of the ability to set their own emission standards. >> no state has the authority to op out of the nation's rules and no state has the right to impose its policies on everybody else in our whole country. >> reporter: governor newsom doubling down on his state's goal. >> it begs the question, mr. trump, what and who is this for? the companies, the automobile manufacturers don't want it. it's about the oil industry, period, full stop. it's not about consumers, not
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about the health, not about our economy. it's about oil companies. >> reporter: honda says it's staying the course but plans to rollout new hybrid versions of all of its cars in the coming years. i want to know does hauonda eve feel caught in the middle? >> we know what we need to do as a company to meet our part to reduce the global co2 emissions. full steam ahead. >> reporter: now the other three auto makers that have signed up for the california deal voluntarily have also not indicated they plan to change any of their production plans at least yet. chris? >> you've been reporting on this story for a while and i'm curious if you've seen the effects of the announcement of the anti-trust investigation, which is serious thing. and it strikes me that car makers are scared about that.
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what is your reporting suggesting? >> reporter: there's certainly a chilling effect when we do talk to these companies. they're very concerned about what the trump administration might do or say, what the president may tweet as an x factor. and by the way, this lawsuit that came down today from the state of california, you know, this is probably going to go all the way. the state of california has a pretty good record with federal judges when it comes to fighting the trump administration. but analysts are telling us that, you know, the trump administration's desire for uniform emission standards across the country may actually have some legs, so, chris, this is probably or maybe going to the supreme court. >> all right, great work. thank you very much. we have an hour packed with amazing and in-depth stories on the months long flooding in mississippi to al roker's reporting in greenland and the youth acivists that are taking charge. >> climate change is man made crisis. we're the main generation that's going to be affected.
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i'm really angry at the grown ups and the adults that have been knowingly taking actions to cause climate change. and they need to know that they are threatening youths' future and killing people by doing this. and i am from indian harbor beach, florida, and i'm 12 years old. there's more hurricanes, and those all -- all those things, they threaten my island's future. if this area got destroyed, that would be devastating for me. i'm part of a lawsuit with 20 other youth plaintiffs who are suing the u.s. government for their actions to cause climate change. basically we are asking the u.s. government to put a science-based climate recovery
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plan into place. after i give a speech people come up to me and they oftentimes say that, like, i give them hope. and i don't want their hope. i want them to be taking action. >> we're back here in the nation's capitol with some of the people who were out there protesting today. we're still getting images of the climate strike around the world. thousands of people took to the street. one of the many reasons this issue has become so urgent is that so many of the effects are so clear around the globe from greenland to montana to mississippi. we have reports from all of those locations, and we begin in green lpd where al roker traveled to see the effects of climate change first-hand. >> reporter: greenland, a massive island at the top of the world and one of the most remote locations on earth. this breathtaking landscape is ground zero for climate change, where the arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else
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on the planet. i traveled there to see the devastating effects first-hand. this is the -- grazier or what's left of it. the glacier guide has witnessed its retreat over the past several years. what does this glacier use to look like? >> the glacier height was the height of the mountp right there, so this to me is a very big volume of water that today is in the ocean and it's not on land anymore. >> sounds very hollow almost where we're walking. >> yeah, but it's full for at least 100 meters below us of ice. >> as we continued on, i got to witness climate change in realtime. that's a chunk of the glacier breaking off. >> yeah, it's very important here standing on ice to realize that we are on the first step of a domino effect. but then later we call climate
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change. >> reporter: new york university professor david holland is studying the warming ocean's impact on the glaciers. in 2018 professor holland and his wife capturing a spectacular event, a 4-mile wide, half-mile deep, and more than mile long chunk of ice breaking away from the glacier dumping 10 billion tons of ice into the ocean. i joined him onboard his research boat where he and his team spend up to a month at sea gathering data along greenland's southeast coast. is the rate of warming something you're looking at? >> when we look at the ocean here it's very cold-water and the top several hundred feet are coming from the arctic ocean pouring southward, but surprisingly water from the tropic, the gulf stream is lying underneath all of this, and it's flowing towards that glacier and others. and when it hits them, it melts
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them like crazy. >> reporter: today's mission retrieve then redeploy a mooring that's been sitting on the ocean floor for the past year. taking daily readings of temperature, salinity and depth. >> we've been observing that those deeper waters are warming and we're trying to find out why. they come in here and they go up that all over greenland and they light them on fire. >> reporter: once we raise it from the deep data is removed and batteries checked. warm-water was detected, but the actual rise in temperature will take up to a year to analyze. meanwhile it's time to re-submerge. >> the warmer water on the bottom from the tropics is what's leading to a lot of melting of the glacier so it's important to keep track of that layer and how warm it is and how
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thick it is. >> reporter: al roker, nbc news, greenland. >> greenland is on the front line of climate change, closer to home in mississippi flooding this spring left parts of the delta under water for months. >> reporter: what happens up river has a down river effect and in few places is that more evident than along the banks of the mississippi river where historic flooding has had devastating consequences. now, we traveled a stretch of this river here in mississippi and we learned first-hand just how connected peoples lives are to the fate of the mighty mississippi river. the mississippi river is a source of life, commerce and re-creation for many people. fed by waterways in 31 states that encompass 41% of the country. but this year many communities were hit with unprecedented
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rainfall in mississippi's namesake state swamping cities like greenville with the worst flood in nearly a century. the mayor said it's reminisce want of the most devastating flood in mississippi history. >> it brings me back to the 1927 flood. when the flood came it was poor folks and black folks who were left and displaced for days and for months. and now we have the flood of 2019, here i am as a black mayor but i can see the effect that it's having on poor folks and black folks. communities like this have been historically neglected. and then when you have high flood events like this, they get hit hard. so when it rains around the country, it pours here. >> reporter: it wasn't just the cities that flooded, hundreds of thousands of acheerize of farm lfarm land in the mississippi delta
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were flooded. >> this has probably been the worst one i've had in my 31 years of farming. and this has been the worst. >> reporter: does it give you concern what might happen next year or the year after that? >> i wish i was old enough for retirement. >> reporter: normally when the mississippi river floods the army corp of? gen ears tries to protect surrounding communities by redirecting excess water through spill ways. but this year the water was so swollen that the corps opened the louisiana spillway for longer than it ever had, dumping an estimated 10 trillion gallons of water increasing the lake's water volume seven fold. all of that water ended up off the mississippi gulf coast, causing extraordinary harm to marine life. >> we've had the largest number of dolphins die since the bp oil spill, and about 195 sea turtles which are the most endangered in
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the world. >> reporter: what's killing the dolphins? >> the primary factor is the river water coming through the spillway. it has mud, clay, insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers which creates toxic algae blooms and we've seen basically an aquatic hurricane. we've seen many animals with fresh-water legions. these are saltwater animals that are exposed for a prolonged period of time to fresh-water. and those legions become sores and the bacteria enters into it. >> reporter: this is the new normal. more rain, more flooding, more damage to communities across mississippi. and those whose lives are rooted by the water will have to prepare for what comes next. >> we've had hurricanes. katrina obviously was one of the worst. but i have never seen a situation where one event would totally wipeout the seafood industry and the tourism industry.
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there's a governors race on right now and the two guys running for governor are claiming they're going to help out, but you'll hear the word climate change in there and they're on their platform in mississippi. elected officials are so afraid they're going to lose their voter base if they even mention the word -- can't even say the word climate change. >> reporter: while many politicians are reluctant to face the issue of climate change head on, people here on this river whose lives are rooted here say they think about their futures and what will be left for their children, and most of all, chris, they want this issue to be taken seriously before it's too late. >> that was an incredible report. i'm curious on the folks you talked to how they're curious about their future there, if they think there's a future there. people obviously have been living with the water on the delta. obviously things are getting
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worse down there. how do they think about whether they can stay? >> i've talked to a number of people, the steam boat captain, a number of farmers generations into this lifestyle and this livelihood. and they say they're not urging their sons or daughters to go into this business. it's not just about money or business, it's about their livelihoods and their traditions. but where they live, the delta, the mississippi delta in particular, the land is so rich and fertile but it is a former wetland. conservationists say in order to restore what has been lost we need to restore the wet lpds. now they're just hoping something will disrupt the current course of things, chris. >> that was fantasticmi. thank you very much. some 2,000 miles to the north in montana the glaciers are literally disappearing from glacier national park because of the warming climate. nbc correspondent cal perry in glacier national park.
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he joins me now with more. >> reporter: it's in the name, glacier national park. it's why people come here to visit and when the park was established in 1910 there were over 100 glaciers. today only 25 remain. glacier national park is in many ways a climate change marker. >> if you want to see glaciers in glacier national park and you want to see them in a state where they're kind of impressive, it's better to come now than later. >> reporter: if this park is a litmus test of how our natural wonders are standing up against climate change, we're in trouble. according to the park's own literature northwest montana is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. the before and after photos displayed by the national park service, a frightening example of the now in climate change. for dan who measures the glaciers for the u.s. geological survey his field of study is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. how much more is your job every
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day defined by climate change? it's on the t-shirt now. >> yes, we do science for a changing world and the world does change, and we're going to keep changing the science to document that. the usgs' mission to provide the best information to figure out how to manage going into the future. >> reporter: her work is now too consumed by the changing climate. >> it's changed my entire way i have to do my research. i never had any intent on studying climate change. you know, 80% of my work is climate change driven because i don't really have an option. >> reporter: here in the northwest corner of the park people travel to see one of the last 25 remaining glaciers, this the jackson glacier. and in this part of the state nothing escapes the issue, the signage even explains what's going on behind it.
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>> it's gorgeous and we're worried about the receding glaciers. every time we come, we hope they'll still be as much there the next time, but they're disappearing slowly. >> i think the oh, my god moment is going to be seeing the places they love, the places close to them go down and realizing that their kids are not going to be able to experience that and that the quality of the lives of their kids and grandkids are going to go down and not up. >> reporter: that increase in temperature is having a profound effect across the park. we've seen a three fold increase in the last hundred years in days over 90 degrees fahrenheit. it's causing the trees to move uphill. so that tree line you see behind me now constantly on the move because of climate change, chris. >> the scientists you spoke to talked about the fires there. what is the warmth and the heat
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done to the fire season out there? >> reporter: so compared to the 1970s we've seen an increase in fire season of 70 to 80 days. they're burping hotter and longer. and when you talk to scientists, when you talk to professor six, she'll also tell you it's about these invasive species decimating the forests and we worry about that tipping point. the forests are supposed to be sab sorbing that carbon but sooner or later they're going to turn toxic and start emitting that carbon, chris. >> thank you for that. more live from washington, d.c. where students filled the streets today joining with millions of people who took part in the protests around the world. i'm going to talk with some of those activists next. >> this is something bigger than just the environment. this is actually a human issue. this is about communities. and i'm 19 years old. when i got involved in this when i was like 6, 7 years old when i
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we're still digging ourselves into this problem. i am a plaintiff along with 12 other young people who are suing the washington state government because here in my state there's a lot of new fossil fuel infrastructure being built and proposed. a lot of times the way climate change is talked about, okay we're going to talk about health care now, next topic climate change, next topic race. when in reality we should be talking about all these issues within the context of the climate crisis. we should not have to be begging our leaders whose job it is to protect us for the basic thing you can have which is livable future and a livable planet. >> we're back, we're live here in washington, d.c. with this group of young climate activists who took to the streets today along with other activists all over the world. while they were doing that my colleague alelse velshi and i spoke to the 2020 candidates organized with our partners and
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our media partner new york magazine and our daily planet. i kicked off the day by talking to senator cory booker of new jersey who talked about his vision how we need to transition the economy and jobs. how concerned are you about that argument, which is there's a lot of people working the oil fields in west texas. there's all sorts of folks whose livelihoods might be disrupted or even ended in their current form. >> i think there has to be and osttransiti oa just transition and if you say my ancestors are coal miners, your family has been helping to raise your kids, carve through the earth through your labor, your dream and this country is now going to turn your back when you by the way helped to fuel
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industry, peoples lives literally and now we're going to turn your back on you, for shame. if i heard that and i was a coal mining family, i'm going to vote for the person who tells me i'm going to protect your jobsch and so the democratic party cannot look down upon any profession, anyone who's trying to do what they think is best for their family. what we need to be doing is show them a future that includes them in their family, that, hey we need to urge wantly transition off of coal, and we will do that but we have a plan to make sure that you will not have to lose your coal job and go to a minimum wage job where you're not going to be able to feed your family. >> reporter: what's your name? >> i'm 16 years old from t >> what do you think people who do work in coal and are thinking this is going to leave me out?
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>> i want to say as a person of this generation, you know, it's not about jobs for me and i recognize the value and importance of job but when we're talking about the climate croesus we're talking about a matter of whether or not there will be a future. when we're talking about jobs we're talking about provide frg the right here and right now. what we need to be looking at is what does life look like for our children, what does life look like for our grand chirp? and it really is, it comes down to a matter of life or death. >> how did you get started doing this kind of work sph. >> when i was # years old and before that my parents have been raising me with the indigenous values of the local people, so knowing inherently i was related to everything that lives upon the earth sort of made me an activist, and i started public speaking when i was 9 because there was a project to mine you' uranium in the black hills which
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is an indigenous site to the indigenous people. >> i was kmeety affected by the california fires. luckily i'm an emergency firefighter and one of my friends was exreamly affected. she called me one day by the fires and she was surrounded by flames, and luckily because, again, i am a firefighter i was able to -- my team and i were able to get her out safely. >> you got her out of the fire sph. >> yes, we did. >> were the folks around you as they were recovering from that fire which was horrifying, do you feel like that was kind of a light bulb moment for some people about what it means and how close this threat is? >> oh, absolutely. i've been telling my story multiple times and every time people are affected. but at the same time why do i have to tell people? they should already be experiencing this. they should already know about this. it's not something you can just blow over. >> i want to ask you something i asked folks last night about the way you think about it and feel about it. do you feel anxiety about the
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future? >> yes, 100%. i worry too much about what my future looks like when i'm talking about school and just day to day life. those things are always skewed by the fact we don't know what the immediate future looks like especially when we're looking at the catastrophic events caused by climate change. they are affecting everybody personally, if you haven't seen it yet, you aren't looking. >> do you feel politicians are listening now or listening more? >> no, i honestly wish they did because this isn't about sides anymore. this is about coming together as one and we're not being heard. that's why we're here. i don't understand we have one side versus the other, we're fighting for survival at this point and it doesn't make sense to me. >> i really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. we're going to have much more here from washington, d.c. about today's historic protests. don't go anywhere. >> it's upsetting that the climate crisis has been put on
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my generation's shoulders, where we have to be the ones fighting for a livable planet and it's unfair especially how world leaders did want act in time. so now it's time the time for students to go down the streets and demand they act on the climate crisis. i'm a 14-year-old climate activist living in new york city. every friday i strike school and i'm outside the united nations headquarters because it's where all the world leaders come together to make big decisions like reducing our global greenhouse gas emissions so it's really a symbolic place for a global message. when i first started my climate strike i was alone, but as the weeks progressed more students started to come out and the movement here in new york city started to quickly grow. everything i do is from the heart because my generation is truly pushing for change and we have to be the ones out here demanding action.
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(classical music playing throughout) we match because indigenous people are disproportionately affected by climate change. this building built on the backs of our ancestors has the power to make change. >> we demand a safe future. is that really too much to ask? >> you are the david that will
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beat the goliath. you will beat the fossil fuel industry. >> we are back here in washington dc. that is just a taste of the protests that we saw across the country. we got a chance to talk to several 2020 candidates about their plans to address climate change. take a listen to what payor mete but buttigieg. >> this is not abstract. i hope to have grandkids and i hope to do great. but i think i will be here. >> and it will be hot. >> and that means for one thing i will be held accountable. i think my generation will be held accountable. it will be on our watch that
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this played out. i think it is a moment, a pivotal one, maybe like the american revolution itself, the struggle for civil rights of all of the things that we're doing right now, what we will be remembered for is how we were on this finish. >> where are you from? >> washington dc. >> the mayor was talking there about a generational drive. this movement has been youth lead, why is that? >> we're on the midst of a global emergency and we must act as such and make sure we're holding our elected official accountable. right now they lack the ability to care. we have to have a moral call to action and that's why i found that one million of us is to
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mobilize young people around the country. >> had what did you learn about registering to vote? >> we have to continue to engage young people. we understand that we're not the last generation and that we will will continue to go on. >> what's your name? >> you were an organizer here, right? what's it like trying to bring together thousands of people? >> it is hard work, as jerome was saying we were given the name generation z, and it is terrible if people think we're the last generation. generation of the green new deal. >> what do you say to people that say you're young and young
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people are fired up, but when you get older you feel like it is not as pressing. >> it is super pressing. it is very pressing. i think our energy comes from that. to have that looming over our heads, to understand that we may not have futures, we may not have clean air and water to live. >> you talked about registering to vote, how much do you see politics and voting and engagement with the current political system as part of the movement? >> we must believe in the politics of today. by the time we can run for congress, office, president, we won't have the time. we'll be past the tipping point. we have to elect officials that represent the democracy.
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>> one of the candidates we talked to was tom steyer and i spoke to him about climate justice, take a listen. >> america has concentrated i blugs in low income neighborhoods thaent don't have a lot of power. in west fresno, people have a22 year less life expectancy than people two miles north of them. so we need to see what we can
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do. >> we're with sunrise, and like nadia said, we're generation gnd, we want the green new deal to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process. we see it as a historic opportunity to not only tackle the climate crisis but to reverse historic and systemic racism and economic inequality in this country and talking about those andations those intersections seriously is how we will win. >> do you feel hopeful and confident about winning? >> i do. i think that is the only way we're going to win. i'm proud of the incredible work that we have already done to set the terms of the debate this far . every major presidential candidate has backed the green new deal as the most ambitious solution to tackle this crisis. >> thank you all so much for coming out. that does it for this special edition of "all in." i want to thank you all for watching. i also want to thank the incredible team, the reporters
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and producers that fanned out across the world to put that together. special shout out to the team that brought it oklahoma, rachel maddow starts now with joy reid in. >> i don't know you can hear me, but that was cool. that was a cool show. thank you. thank you for doing that. >> i learned a lot from it, thank you very much. >> i texted my kids, this is their issue, climate. thank you all of you at home for joining us this hour. if you follow the news in the current political era than you know that every day is a treadmill of breaking stories and by this time every evening we're trying to sprint to keep up, we have gotten brand new, astonishing