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Two years ago I found myself sitting on the bank of the Westfield Creek in Western Massachusetts, staring at the orange super moon while my body shook in sobs. It was the first time I’d let myself truly feel the consequences and despair of a fracked gas pipeline being built in the region where I now live.

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Whoever we are supporting for president this year, we can all agree on one thing: our broken political system works just fine for wealthy special interests, but not for the rest of us. We all know it’s true, but we often times we feel like there’s nothing we can do about it. But if we stand together, we can build a democracy that is truly of, by, and for the people.

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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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