The Will Steger Foundation was a proud partner in the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington DC on Feb 2013. We sent four delegates from our YEA! MN high school program, including this blog’s author, with the unwavering belief that even youth too young to vote have a powerful role to play in the climate movement.
Ever since I had first heard Bill McKibben mention the event that would become the Forward on Climate Rally at his Do The Math tour stop in Minneapolis last November, it lingered in the back of my head as something I wanted to be a part of. An opportunity for tens of thousands of citizens with a common concern for the climate to come together in our nation’s capital doesn’t come along every day. And with a critical decision about the Keystone XL oil pipeline hanging in the balance, it was especially vital that people of all ages and backgrounds turn out to demonstrate their opposition in solidarity. Other young people I talked to also indicated restless wishes of attending the rally, which gave me the impression that Forward on Climate was something bigger that had the potential to be a truly significant, even historic, event. With this in mind, I was unbelievably excited to be given the opportunity to travel to Washington DC with Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN - a program of the Will Steger Foundation), an experience that proved to be both challenging and inspiring in a number of vivid ways.
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