Three-hundred ninety-eight students were arrested in front of the White House this Saturday, March 2nd, after locking themselves to the fence in protest of the KXL Pipeline. XL Dissent was entirely self-organized by students on campuses across the country, including Minnesota, Michigan and other Midwest states, and drew heavily from Campus divestment coalitions.
This fall the Will Steger Foundation brought 17 high schoolers to Power Shift 2013 through our Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) program. A national youth climate conference that drew over 6,000 to Pittsburgh, PA, Power Shift 2013 was a historic convergence to “build a stronger and more vibrant climate movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy economy that works for everyone.”
Right around the corner, almost tangible at this point, is an opportunity to amplify the work of young pioneers wrestling with climate issues and to empower thousands more leaders to incubate a stronger, healthier, more equitable future. For our country and the planet, it really can’t come soon enough.
The Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! MN program played a significant role at the Minnesota State Capitol on Earth Day this year as part of the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign Day of Action. YEA! MN student leaders turned out 100 high school students in the rain and for the Young People's March for Climate Action Now, an event planned and facilitated entirely by youth in coordination with the campaign. YEA! MN Co-Chairs shared compelling testimony to the crowd of 700 people - half of whom were youth.
From crippling drought to Hurricane Sandy, and overall record-breaking temperatures extremes across the country, it’s hard to ignore the effects of climate change. The American people recognize that the climate is changing.
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