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As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had traveled from as far as North Dakota, Michigan, and Ohio.

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Today, President Obama stood on our side of history and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Make no mistake: I'm grateful to the President, but this victory belongs to our movement. It belongs to you. That's why I want to say, to all of you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The fight against Keystone XL has been a test of faith. A test of faith in ourselves. A test of faith in whether we could turn things around and stop a climate catastrophe.

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This blog post was written by Vignesh Ramachandran, a student organizer with Divest Middlebury, on why he’s joining the Our Generation, Our Choice mobilization.

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768      This past Wednesday, I attended a KSEC rally at the Old State capitol in Frankfort. As a Kentuckian and an environmentalist, I felt an impetus to push my government to represent my interests and so drove the extra few miles from Danville alongside a couple peers. Having prior education regarding Senator Mitch McConnell's coal affiliations and interference with the implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan, I was prepared for likeminded (and similarly angsty) teens standing around and...

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Invigorating

August 25, 2015

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When I interviewed with for the position of Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition a few months back I was asked what keeps me motivated.  Without hesitating I said, “The dedication and enthusiasm that young people bring to this work.”  It is days like today - days in which young people demonstrate how much they are willing to risk for the future of our world - that are completely invigorating.

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Hi, I'm Ingrid

August 22, 2015

Hi, I'm Ingrid and I'm fourteen years old. And as a fourteen year old I don't have a lot of authority. I've got parents, teachers, older siblings, employers, that old lady down the street, all telling what to do and when to do it, because according to the popular stereotype, I'm just a silly teenager who only cares about boys and when I can go to the mall next. As a person who doesn't fit this stereotype I can assure you that there is tons of frustration that comes with being a teenager who wants to be taken seriously.

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I first heard about Midwest Unrest and the upcoming action through a friend. I was canvassing in Michigan for an environmental organization at the time, and our campaign was working to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard. I had just finished talking to a rather enthusiastic believer in the righteous power of coal and had very little patience for suburban households when I received a phone call. My friend called and asked how I felt about being arrested at the front steps of Secretary Kerry’s residence in Washington, D.C.

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WE WILL NOT REST!

August 21, 2015

My name is Kieran Williams, and I’m an organizer for fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment at Kalamazoo College. I’ve been a part of this fight for a while now, but by no means do I consider myself a seasoned organizer or activist. I’ve been involved with divestment and reinvestment on my campus for only about a year now, and I got involved with tar sands resistance just a few months ago. I have been in constant struggle balancing all of the campaigns we are fighting and trying to determine where exactly my body, my voice, my talents, and especially my passions are most useful.

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   “Do you really think it’s going to make a difference?”

            Those were my sister’s words when I mentioned I would be joining a protest in Washington D.C. with Midwest Unrest to halt illegal actions by Tar Sand Oil Company, Enbridge.

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My first exposure to the idea that tar sands are a particularly dangerous form of oil extraction and refinement occurred in an environmental science class my sophomore year at Kalamazoo College, where I was told that it takes about a barrel of oil’s worth of energy to extract and refine every four barrels of oil from tar sands.

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