Priyanka Zylstra, Senior at Minneapolis South High School, delivered the following closing remarks at the Clean Energy & Jobs Earth Day Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, following Governor Mark Dayton, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Senator John Marty, Reprentative Melissa Hortman, and Polar Explorer Will Steger. She spoke to crowd of 500 people and drew huge applause.
On Thursday, April 3rd, the public utilities office in Saint Paul served as a space for people to speak in opposition or in support of expansion to the Alberta clipper pipeline. The oil traveling through the Alberta Clipper comes from tar sands operations, said to be "the dirtiest form of oil on this planet" by 350.org.
2012 was the hottest year on record within the United States. Many western states are in official states of drought. Climate change is now. Obama said this about climate change in his State of the Union address “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”
On Wednesday, January 29th, four South High School students met with Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Canoto discuss the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center(HERC) incinerator. We were: sophomore, Sjournee Quaidoo, and seniors, Vivi Grieco, Shira Breen, and Etta Harkness Bartholdi. Previous to our meeting we had been learning about this issue and had been taking action for a few weeks by tabling for postcards at our school and going to HERC coalition meetings. Walking into the meeting, our goal was to convince Councilmember Cano to vote no on the HERC expansion in the spring. The discussion we had ended up going beyond what we all planned!
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