Speaking at Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Earth Day rally

“Environmental rights are human rights, and human rights are environmental rights, once and for all!” I declared at the Earth day rally of my congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal.

It was a typical freezing and rainy Seattle Saturday, grey skies as far as the eye could see.

That same day, thousands of Americans were marching for science, and marching for solutions to the climate crisis that is endangering life as we know it for all of humankind.

Now as a 15-year-old, I’m terrified about what the future holds. I’m terrified that by the time I’m an adult, clean air and potable water will be a rare luxury. That’s why, I’ve been spending the majority of my time since the election in non-stop hustle-mode, constantly in a frenzy, managing emails to and from organizers for dozens of environmental nonprofits, attending and holding activism events, and…