Ocasio-Cortez to join Bernie Sanders for climate change town hall

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIncoming Dem challenges party to make 'lasting, transformative change' Wind and solar clash with energy reality Progressive and conservative Dems could provide difficulties for Pelosi, says polling editor MORE (D-N.Y.) will join Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCoal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll MORE (I-Vt.) next week for a town hall on climate change.


Sanders is hosting the town hall on Monday in partnership with a number of progressive media outlets, including NowThis and The Young Turks. The event is also partnered with The Guardian news outlet.

The town hall, which will be held at the U.S. Capitol and live-streamed online nationally, is “aimed at addressing the global threat of climate change and exploring solutions that can protect the planet from devastation and create tens of millions of good-paying jobs,” according to the Facebook event posting.

“Fight for the planet, fight for our lives,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Let’s do this.”


Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will be joined by actor and activist Shailene Woodley, CNN host Van Jones and other climate activists, scientists and officials.

Ocasio-Cortez, who ran for office calling herself a Democratic socialist, has vowed to make climate change a key issue during her time in office.

Sanders said the incoming lawmaker will discuss her proposal for a Green New Deal, which endeavors to get 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable energy sources. 

Ocasio-Cortez participated in a sit-in protest at House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Oval Office clash ups chances of shutdown MORE’s (D-Calif.) Capitol Hill office earlier this month to demand Congressional action on climate change.