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Yesterday’s “Climate Crisis Action Day” rally on Capitol Hill featured an array of distinguished speakers, from Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer to California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez. It also included remarks by a youngster named Mollie Passacantando.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold identified Mollie in today’s paper as “a Fairfax County third-grader who started a blog focusing on polar bears.” True enough, but it would have been more honest to note that Mollie also happens to be the daughter of John Passacantando, the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. I’m sure, though, that Miss Passacantando developed her passion for climate change activism entirely on her own, with no parental pressure. Still, it’s a remarkable coincidence.