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Hundreds of high school and middle schoolers are protesting House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi in an effort to get her to prioritize climate change as part of the Democratic majority agenda.

The protests are part of a pressure campaign organized by environmental activists designed to drum up Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, with the 2020 presidential campaign in their sights.

The goal is to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals - including a nationwide transition to 100 per cent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years - that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal. Already embraced by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an increasingly influential figure on the left, the Green New Deal is designed to nudge prospective Democratic presidential candidates to stake out aggressive positions on climate change. Some cast the goals as idealistic and politically risky.

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