Ilhan Omar, the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota who made history as the first Somali-American elected to legislative office in the U.S., has a powerful ally in her fight to combat climate change: Her 16-year-old daughter Isra Hirsi.
Just met @AOC and we talked about the #YouthCimateStrike! She will be in attendance in her district! So glad to see other members stepping up and joining the youth! pic.twitter.com/JzVk1oKtCb
— isra hirsi (@israhirsi) March 14, 2019
Together with 12-year-0ld Haven Coleman and 13-year-0ld Alexandria Villasenor, Hirsi organized the U.S. component of Friday’s International Youth Climate Strik e, a protest in which students from around the world are walking out to demand urgent action on climate change.
Hirsi told The Cut that she’s been aware of the issue for most of her life but started participating in protests when she joined her high school’s Green Club. When Coleman reached out to her via Instagram about leading the protests she says she thought it was an “insane idea at first,” but soon learned more about the climate strikes going on around the world.
“I think that young people sense the urgency,” Hirsi explained to The Cut. ” These …read more