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

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (D-N.Y.) will join Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon 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 PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE’s (D-Calif.) Capitol Hill office earlier this month to demand Congressional action on climate change.