Whit Jones

School: Carleton College
Organization: Energy Action Coalition
Location: Washington, DC
Interest Area: Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

Whit Jones's Posts

Earth Day is around the corner, and this year we’re taking it back.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 to, in the words of its founder, “bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster.” Now each year I see Earth Day come and go with too much greenwashing and not enough action.

This year, we want to try something a little different: we want to Take Back Earth Day by organizing bold actions on our campuses.

Already students are organizing incredible Earth Day actions — from hundreds of students at Mizzou who will rally to demand their school shut down its dirty coal plant, to high schoolers from across Minnesota who will unite to lead a March to Demand Climate Action.

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Photo Credit: Shadia Fayne Wood

Let’s skip right to the big news: Power. Shift. 2013.

This October 18-21 over 10,000 of us will come together in Pittsburgh, PA for Power Shift 2013, the largest and most powerful convergence in the history of the youth climate movement.

Are you as excited as we are? Let us know and be the first to get updates about Power Shift 2013!

In the past year, our movement has made incredible progress fighting Keystone XL, shutting down the coal industry, scaling up renewables, and building a movement to see this work through.

Power Shift 2013 is our opportunity to come together and shift our country ENTIRELY AWAY from fossil fuels and TOWARD local clean energy solutions.

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Last night, I received this email from my friend Ethan Nuss who is an organizer with the Tar Sands Blockade and spent the day in jail (on his birthday no less) after disrupting a TransCanada executive's presentation at a tar sands conference by locking himself to the projector. Please read his letter and join the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action!

Howdy friends,

You might be wondering how I’m sending an email from jail. I’m not, at least not literally; I entrusted a friend to hit the “send” button for me.

You might also be wondering why I’m in jail.

I was arrested today because I interrupted a TransCanada exec’s speech at a tar sands marketing conference. I locked myself to the projector and told a ballroom full of tar sands profiteers that Keystone XL is a toxic investment.

I told them that I would not watch silently as TransCanada bullies the honest, hardworking folks of East Texas in order to pump some of the most toxic stuff on the planet through their front yards. Nor will I be silent as they send those poisons to Houston’s toxic East End where Latino children whom I’ve met suffer abnormally high rates of respiratory illness and are literally dying in the shadow of the refineries.

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