Santa Rosa teen ends climate justice hunger strike after two weeks

4 November 2021

After 14 days of eating no food and taking in only water, vitamins and electrolytes, Ema Govea on Tuesday ate bread, bananas and apple sauce.

It was a bittersweet meal for the Santa Rosa teen.

“Ending the hunger strike was a lot harder than starting it,” the 18-year-old Credo High School senior said.

On Wednesday, Govea was focusing on the positives the climate justice campaign reaped — national and international news stories, audiences with a slew of politicians willing to give their cause an ear, and a growing social media presence.

But no deal.

The group of five young activists had parked themselves in front of the White House and then the Capitol for 14 straight days, reminding all who would listen what was at stake if more aggressive climate provisions were not included in President Joe Biden’s proposed reconciliation bill.

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