Students at Bowling Green State University host rally for 100% Clean Energy
Bowling Green State University’s student organization, Environmental Action Group, has been campaigning all year for its campus to switch from dangerous and costly fossil fuels to 100% clean energy. After 2,700 student and faculty petition signatures, one meeting with the university’s president, Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, and numerous events to raise support on campus, the school year is coming to an end and EAG is doing what it can to show President Mazey that the students are not giving up on our future.
Today (March 21st, 2013) EAG held a “Rally For Our Future” on the lawn outside of President Mazey’s office. Around 40 students, faculty and community members attended to support the movement and tell President Mazey that they want her to lead BGSU to a 100% clean energy future by 2020. The rally began with 3 speakers, Dr. Neocles Leontis (a university professor), Josh Chamberland (President of EAG) and I (Madison Thomas, EAG’s coalition builder). The speeches contained information about the economic benefits of renewable energy, the problem of climate change and how to combat it with the use of renewable energy, and the opportunity for BGSU to become a global example in clean energy solutions.
After the speeches, numerous “Clean Energy” chants, and a photo op, everyone in attendance wrote down one sentence telling President Mazey why they want clean energy. With these slips of paper in hand, the 40 participants marched silently to President Mazey’s office. As we entered the office, President Mazey greeted us with a smile and took the slips of paper from each participant and said, “I appreciate all your interest in this”.
While we don’t know if President Mazey will commit yet, we do know that this rally gave every participant the stamina to continue our fight for 100% clean energy on BGSU’s campus. The next step in this movement is not only an important moment for the students, but an important moment for President Mazey. On Tuesday March 26, members of Environmental Action Group will be having their second meeting with President Mazey and will be asking her to give us her commitment to a truly sustainable future… 100% clean energy!
This blog post was written by Madison Thomas, just posted by Josh Chamberland