by Madeline Collins, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Are you a student who is passionate about protecting our planet? Do you want to learn how to get the U.S. to quit dirty coal? Are you looking for the skills needed to help protect our oceans from over-fishing and to stand up to corporate forest destroyers?
If so, we're looking for you!
The Greenpeace Semester is 5- or 10-week training program for student activists who want to become organizers and activists in the environmental movement. Take your passion for the environment, receive dynamic training to solve real-world problems, and emerge with a life-changing experience and skills you can apply immediately in your community or down your career path.
This is a great opportunity to get the hands-on training you need to become an environmental leader! As a Greenpeace intern, I’ve had the chance to meet and hang out with some of this summer’s students, who are campaigning in North Carolina this week against Mattel and APP. They’re a fun, enthusiastic group of students, and it’s clear that they’re not only learning a lot but also forming friendships with each other. Next semester, you could part of a group like this, too!
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2011 semester in Washington, D.C! The deadline to apply is June 27.
The program combines classroom-style workshops with hands-on field training and travel. You’ll learn grassroots organizing, how to plan effective campaigns, and the principles and practice of non-violent direct action. You’ll receive training by some of the best professional activists in the environmental movement, as well as briefings from experts on climate change, ocean protection, nuclear energy, forest conservation, toxic pollution, and corporate abuse of the environment.
For more information on dates and locations, check out the Greenpeace Semester website at www.greenpeace.org/usa/semester. We’re also on Twitter (@GPsemester) and Facebook. And feel free to contact us if you have any questions at email@example.com.