Millions of young people took to the streets last month to demand that governments take bolder action on climate. 

Days later, world leaders assembled at the United Nations for the Secretary General's high-profile Climate Action Summit, where dozens of countries pledged to strengthen their climate goals.

But did any of this resonate with American policymakers? 

In this week’s episode of Political Climate, we discuss takeaways from the climate strikes and the U.N. climate summit, and how these events have (or haven't) influenced U.S. politics. 

We share excerpts from an exclusive interview with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, host of the upcoming COP25 climate talks set to take place in Santiago this December. And we analyze how calls to action are being received by U.S. politicians.

Recommended reading:

  • Vox: The U.N. Climate Action Summit Was a Disappointment
  • KCRW: The U.N.: Climate Change and Future Generations
  • NPR: 'Game Recognizes Game': A Bipartisan Bond in the Age of Impeachment
  • Atlantic Council: Exclusive Interview on Climate Leadership With Miguel Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile

Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and with support from producer Victoria Simon.

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