Biden climate adviser’s pep talk for young people

By Robin Bravender | 06/11/2024 01:33 PM EDT

“This is a story we can write with a very different ending,” national climate adviser Ali Zaidi told a crowd at Harvard University. 

Ali Zaidi speaks at POLITICO's Energy Summit.

Ali Zaidi speaks at POLITICO’s 2024 Energy Summit on June 5 in Washington. Rod Lamkey Jr. for POLITICO

It’s reasonable for young people to approach the issue of climate change with a sense of gloom, President Joe Biden’s top climate adviser said Tuesday.

But he urged them to focus instead on opportunities to fix the problems.

“We’ve got a whole generation of young people who have grown up seeing the sky turn orange, breathing smoke into their lungs, and watching the devastation of floods and hurricanes, the fury of extreme weather, hurt lives and livelihoods,” White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi told a crowd Tuesday during Harvard University’s Climate Action Week.


“There’s a lot of — I think, founded — reason to approach this moment with a sense of doom and despair,” Zaidi said. “But my message to you is … this is a story we can write with a very different ending … if we approach it with a sense of hopefulness and a recognition of the possibilities that are embedded if we get the job done and we do it right.”