Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

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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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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I can feel a change in the air when it comes to renewable energy in Kentucky, and it’s pretty damn exciting.

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Hello, my name is Cassie, and I am a millennial.

My age group is often underestimated. We’re viewed as lazy and are often critiqued for our reliance on technology. In coalitions, the youth voice is often underrepresented and under-heard.

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If you've ever turned on the TV and seen a charismatic, boyish, conservative looking man yelling at scientists in an animated fashion, there's a good chance it was Marc Morano.

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As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had traveled from as far as North Dakota, Michigan, and Ohio.

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Today, President Obama stood on our side of history and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Make no mistake: I'm grateful to the President, but this victory belongs to our movement. It belongs to you. That's why I want to say, to all of you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The fight against Keystone XL has been a test of faith. A test of faith in ourselves. A test of faith in whether we could turn things around and stop a climate catastrophe.

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768      This past Wednesday, I attended a KSEC rally at the Old State capitol in Frankfort. As a Kentuckian and an environmentalist, I felt an impetus to push my government to represent my interests and so drove the extra few miles from Danville alongside a couple peers. Having prior education regarding Senator Mitch McConnell's coal affiliations and interference with the implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan, I was prepared for likeminded (and similarly angsty) teens standing around and...

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Invigorating

August 25, 2015

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When I interviewed with for the position of Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition a few months back I was asked what keeps me motivated.  Without hesitating I said, “The dedication and enthusiasm that young people bring to this work.”  It is days like today - days in which young people demonstrate how much they are willing to risk for the future of our world - that are completely invigorating.

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