Climate Justice and Air Pollution in Illinois

Meet Tonyisha, a young person who is being directly impacted by the effects and injustices of climate change in Chicago, IL. Climate change is causing air pollution and urban island heat effect in Chicago. Tonyisha explains how marginalized communities are being impacted more by climate change and what young people can do to take action (Source).

ACE educates, inspires and supports young people to lead the fight for their future. They ensure young people have everything they need to understand the science and advocate for solutions to the climate emergency. ACE envisions a world in which a global movement, rich in youth leadership, has turned the tide on climate change. They believe an equitable, biodiverse, carbon neutral future is still within reach if we, the people, compel our leaders to act. ACE believes in justice and equity. Communities most impacted by racial injustice and social inequity are also those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We place special focus on lifting up these voices within the global climate movement. They believe in telling the whole truth, because young people have the right to understand the science of the climate emergency and how it is inextricably linked to the economic, social, and leadership choices we make. ACE believes in the creativity and power of young people to lead the way in imagining a better future — a future safe from climate chaos, free from environmental injustice, rich in biodiversity and prosperous for all. They believe in the courage of young people to stand up against misinformation, falsehoods and climate injustice wherever they occur (Source).

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