by Jeff Mann, Online Director, Energy Action Coalition
Thirty five top youth leaders will meet with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Liaison to Young Americans Ronnie Cho today to thank Administrator Jackson for her leadership and discuss their concerns about a range of environmental issues, including the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The delegation includes student representatives from universities across the country, as well as Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace and Sierra Club representatives, will start the day with a roundtable meeting with Administrator Jackson at 10 a.m. at Howard University. Youth leaders will then make a visit to Capitol Hill before meeting with Cho, from the White House Office of Public Engagement
The meeting is a culmination of a month of actions and mobilizations nationwide focused on moving campuses off coal and dirty energy to 100% clean energy solutions. The movement, called 100% Clean: 100 Actions for Clean Energy, has spread coast-to-coast and featured actions ranging from a rally with an 8-foot-tall mock coal plant at Virginia Tech to a “Dirty Dancing for Clean Energy” flash mob at Michigan State University, a Homecoming themed touchdown dance party at the University of Missouri and a rallies at Indiana University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a 2-story-tall inflatable inhaler.
“EPA Administrator Jackson has been a champion of the environment and public health, and right now we need her leadership more than ever to intervene and stop this pipeline by calling out the deep flaws in it’s Environmental Impact Statement,” said Maura Cowley, Co-Director of Energy Action Coalition. “The 35 young people who have come to Washington for today’s meetings, and hundreds of thousands of others, are committed to working with the Administration towards a clean energy economy, but we won’t sit idly by as this dirty and dangerous pipeline moves forward. Here in DC, and in hundreds of locations across the country, youth voters are mobilizing to draw a line in the sand on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”
We’ll have photos and a reportback tomorrow, but in the meantime you can follow @EnergyAction on twitter for updates throughout the day.