Youth activists in Chicago push for action on both climate change and gun control

By Shannon Longworth
Medill Reports

Many of the same high school and college students who work to prevent gun violence in Chicago are also active on the issue of climate change.

Gun violence is a more easily-identifiable, immediate issue in some  communities, while climate change is more long-term and global. But they may not actually be all that different in the minds of these students. In fact, Chyann McQueen, an organizer for Good Kids Mad City, sees the two issues as closely related. They both disproportionately affect minority and low-income neighborhoods.

Photo at top: Young Chicagoans presented at The Green New Deal Town Hall event in Hyde Park on May 18, 2019. (Shannon Longworth/MEDILL)