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

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez makes endorsement for Queens district attorney Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech Markey releases infrastructure suggestions that align with Green New Deal goals MORE (D-N.Y.) will join Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.) next week for a town hall on climate change.

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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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE’s (D-Calif.) Capitol Hill office earlier this month to demand Congressional action on climate change.