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To all members of the Kalamazoo College community:

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By Kendra Roedl, Minneapolis

It was at Power Shift 2013 that I first felt a strong, noticeable call to action as an activist and organizer. As a sophomore in high school, I attended as a member of my school’s environmental club, where I had been taking on more responsibility for projects like improving the recycling system in our cafeteria and getting more people to compost.

824 Minnesota youth and students gather at the beginning of the MN Youth Forward summit

 

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Last Wednesday, the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition headed to Frankfort for the Clean Energy Lobby Day. The passion my peers have for our state and its environment blew me away. Growing up in a rural Kentucky county, I struggled to find young people with whom I could relate. KSEC has given me the opportunity to meet like-minded students who are prepared to take action on behalf of their fellow Kentuckians and our shared environment. It gives us a chance to make our voices heard. I think that this unique opportunity is where the appeal of KSEC lies for many of its members.

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Today Abercrombie & Fitch publically announced its quarterly earnings  -- but it failed to mention the scandal hidden behind its recent profits. 

Currently, the clothing company stocks almost 300 items that use fabrics made from trees -- like rayon, viscose, or modal. These fabrics are driving rainforest destruction in Indonesia, global climate change, and threatening the livelihoods of Indigenous and frontline communities.

Abercrombie may have made money last quarter, but it did so while ignoring the rights of communities, and by putting rainforests at risk. This isn’t acceptable.

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My name is Bianca Polini, and I'm a senior at Florida International University.

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Is large scale renewable energy as sustainable as you think?

There are four overlapping types of sustainability: Social, Economic, Political and Environmental. The success of a renewable energy project depends on delivering value in each of these spheres, and by no means are they mutually exclusive.

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Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to join people from all over the Midwest who came together in Milwaukee to protest the Alberta Clipper Pipeline before the Democratic debate. I didn’t really know what to expect, as it was the first action I had ever been to. I wasn’t disappointed by the energy everyone brought, even in spite of the cold, or by the way that people across movements came together to amplify each other’s voices.

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I can feel a change in the air when it comes to renewable energy in Kentucky, and it’s pretty damn exciting.

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Hello, my name is Cassie, and I am a millennial.

My age group is often underestimated. We’re viewed as lazy and are often critiqued for our reliance on technology. In coalitions, the youth voice is often underrepresented and under-heard.

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Hey folks!! Libby Kelly, Western Kentucky University delegate here, from the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC) sharing some thoughts on this upcoming semester!

If it’s not already, y’all need to put KSEC on your radar. This year my New Year’s Resolution was to not put activism on the backburner. I want 2016 to be a productive year for me in the realm of the things I care about, which is environmental and social justice. I feel confident in my ability to effectively organize for these causes with KSEC.

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