It’s the first time that college Republican groups have publicly endorsed a policy to tackle climate change. But the coalition — announced yesterday — is also part of a burgeoning Republican grassroots movement that’s trying to sway the GOP to act on climate. These conservative constituents care about the environment and take global warming seriously — and they want the GOP to take notice.
“The fact that conservative students are getting involved is heartening,” says Maria Belenky, director of policy and research at Climate Advisers, in an email to The Verge. “We need more conservative voters to speak up and show support for climate action.”