by Liz Starke, Ypsilanti, MI
This fall, students in Michigan have been participating in the Power Vote campaign and collecting "Clean Energy Champion" student pledges to vote for Clean Energy. Here is an update for our activities during the Power Vote Day of Action. Students collected pledges on the campuses of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, and handed out facts about corporate polluters to students passing by. This day also coincided with the release of NWF's Student Guide to How Corporate Oil, Gas, and Coal Money Influences US Energy Policy, which is where we got our facts from. Overall this was a great day of solidarity and action in Michigan and across the nation. Read below to learn more about how we did!
Our Power Vote Day of Action was a great success! We collected about 400 pledges statewide, all in one day! Thanks to all of our friends and organizers for putting in so much effort and hard work. Here is a blurb from Molly Black, our Student Coordinator running our Clean Energy Champion campaign at Michigan State:
“2012 Day of Action was a success with the help of my fellow Michigan State University students. Together with MSU Greenpeace, MSU Beyond Coal, and the members of the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition we collected more than 237 pledges! Through determination, collaboration, and teamwork we all went above and beyond our goal to collect 100 more pledges for MSU’s campus. Some students stood at bus stops, performed class raps, posted the online pledge on Facebook, or asked friends to sign on to be a clean energy champion.”
If you want to see for yourself how well we are doing, check out the powervote.org leaderboard. We currently have Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Central Michigan University all in the top 10!
This day of action was a great opportunity for us to collect pledges and spread awareness about corporate polluters, but we aren’t stopping here. We will continue on our path to collecting thousands of students committed to voting for clean energy (we currently have 1800), and make sure that MI’s youth are able to play a critical role in creating more clean energy for our state. Up next we will be holding fun educational events on several campuses during the month of October to collect more pledges and educate our peers about why clean energy is good, and necessary, for us!
As always, thanks for reading and keep up the good work!