Hi, my name is Lucy West and I'm a senior at St. Paul Central High School in Minnesota. I am also a co-president of my school's environmental club, Roots & Shoots. I went to the People's Climate March with a group of high schoolers from around the Twin Cities as part of the YEA! MN youth delegation – a program of the Will Steger Foundation. The People's Climate March was a huge gathering of people in New York City of 400,000 people calling for immediate climate action.
YEA! MN is unique in that we are an authentically student directed program. This means that my job is not to tell students what we should do but ask them what they want to do. Of course, I still provide feedback and suggestions, however the purpose is to help them more fully think through their action projects, ideas, and what they want to accomplish. The place where this happens is at our youth steering committee meetings. Twice a month our students come together to learn about issues, discuss questions they have, invite in speakers, and plan events.
We have wrapped up a fantastic year at YEA! MN.Our students have wrestled with big issues, learned about organizing, and taken action on projects they care about; all while going to high school, doing their homework, and participating in other community and extra curricular work.I have never been so impressed and proud of a group of youth- no, scratch that, I have never been so proud of a group of people!
President Obama unveiled a new rule to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation's greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Power generation accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s new rule sets overall pollution reduction targets for states and gives them considerable flexibility on how to meet those goals.
My name is Sarah Evans and I am a rising senior at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. This next year I will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Latin. This summer, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program.
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