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This weekend, 300 students came together in Tallahassee, Fl for the 8th annual Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference

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Wow, what an incredible weekend.

Over 300 young people converged at Florida A&M University for the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) this weekend, coming together to learn the skills they need to fight big polluters and take action on climate change in their campuses and communities. Young clean energy activists from all over the southeast converged to learn from each other through a series of workshops, speakers, and trainings, and to share with their communities all over the region.

But it didn’t stop there.

We knew this year was a special year right away. Not only was SSREC being hosted in Tallahassee, Florida - the Capitol of a very important swing state - but this year’s SSREC had a renewed energy and spirit that you could feel in the air. With the help of the incredible FAMU Green Coalition, climate activists at SSREC organized an amazing march and rally to call on the candidates to break the silence on climate change and promote true clean energy solutions.

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Big Bird is sad because Mitt Romney apparently never learned arithmetic, so he must not have watched Sesame Street as a kid.

As my dad is fond of saying, "You just can't make this stuff up."

At the first presidential debate Wednesday night, Mitt Romney made of lots of misleading and occasionally outright false claims and has been subsequently hammered by fact-checkers in the media. And in what was arguably his most outrageous statement of the evening, Gov. Romney claimed that half of the clean energy companies that received money from the 2009 stimulus have gone bankrupt.

Here's exactly what he said:

“And these [clean energy] businesses, many of them have gone out of business, I think about half of them, of the ones have been invested in, have gone out of business.”

Just on its face, such a claim leaves one slack-jawed and dumbfounded in contemplating its audacity; it completely defies credulity and common sense.

But here's where it gets interesting.

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Written by: Amanda Hill, Junior at North Carolina State University, majoring in Horticulture Science. Below Amanda describes her experience and involvement in The Sustainability Fund campaign at NC State. The campaign was organized by Greenpeace Student Board chair and Campus Coordinator Caroline Hansley

It’s funny how a single idea, a single movement can make waves at a University. Here at NC State in Raleigh NC, a recent addition has been made to the fees paid by students through tuition. I know, anytime there is mention of fees, spending or money when talking about students, people seem to get scared and nervous. However, this go around, there is excitement, joy, celebration and hope for a better future.

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Last night, students from across the country (and some from outside too) gathered around their tv's and keyboards to participate in the large Power Vote live chat centered around the first presidential debate. Among these students were several representatives from Michigan, some at Michigan State University even hosted a debate watch party. This was a great way to use our new media skills, and hang out with a ton of people who are passionate about climate issues! We were able to discuss what was going on in the debate with our peers, and participate in the various Twitter actions to break the #ClimateSilence.

Unfortunately, the majority of this chat was focused on the candidates deafening silence on, or refusal to address, one of the world's most pressing issues....CLIMATE CHANGE. After tonight's chat, I can confidently say that this nation's youth will not be satisfied with any candidate or president who refuses to address this issue.

To us, the overwhelming amount of evidence that human's are affecting the climate in a negative way seems pretty hard to ignore. Has anyone been hearing about the Arctic lately? According to researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, at least 70% or Arctic ice loss is due to climate change. How about Kiribati? This island nation in the Pacific, and also one of the greenest countries in the world, is having to move its population to higher ground because of sea level rise. Meet some of our world's first climate change refugees.

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A song for my friends in Minisink, feauturing Tom Morello, a fellow Industrial Workers of the World union member of mine, on guitar.

The next rally in support of Minisink residents and 9/11 first responders will be on Saturday, October 6 at 2pm at 90 Jacobs Rd, Minisink, NY. Thomas Salamone, Minisink Valley school board member and father of two, asks everyone to bring drums, spoons, and pots. For more information, follow the "Stop the Minisink Compressor Station" page on Facebook.

Over 150 Minisink, NY residents, including 9/11 first responders, their neighbors, and their families, marched on the third straight day of battle against Millienium Pipeline's construction of a proposed compressor station.

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