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The Good News In The Fight Against Climate Change

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center in orange shirt, partic...

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Above: Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center in orange shirt, participates in a Youth Climate Strike outside the United Nations, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in New York.

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It wasn’t all doom and gloom in the fight against climate change this year. Here are some people who took action in the fight against global temperature rise in 2019.

Aired: December 24, 2019 | Transcript

When climate scientists were asked about bright spots this year in the campaign against climate change, youth movements were often mentioned.

One girl inspiring those movements is 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. She was named Time’s Person of the Year.

“We’ve had 30 years of pep talking and selling positive ideas and I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work because if it would have the emissions would have gone down by now, Thunberg said in a TED Talk. "They haven’t, and yes we do need hope, of course we do, but the one thing we need more than hope is action."

Spurred by Thunberg, people young and old participated in climate strikes this year, including here in San Diego.

Despite the Trump Administration’s vow to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, leaders, organizations and millions of concerned individuals across the globe are taking action.

On Tuesday's KPBS Midday Edition, we revisit interviews with some of them to give you inspiration for taking action on this urgent issue.

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