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As Climate Silence Continues, It’s Time to Bypass Our Elected Officials

Posted on October 17

by Arielle Klagsbrun, community organizer, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)

Posted in WashU Green Action

>Again last night, there was climate silence, as well as a competition of who loves coal the most.

Four years ago, that would have shocked and upset me, but last night, (after a little bit of yelling) I wasn’t all that surprised. In 2008, both John McCain and Barack Obama spoke about the danger of climate change. I and thousands of other young people across the US dedicated ourselves to electing Barack Obama, because we believed he had a vision for stopping climate change and moving our country off of fossil fuels. I was confident that President Obama had the power and the will to pass a climate bill, because: if you understand the danger of climate change, how can you not work to fight it?

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Tags: Barack ObamaClimate SilenceCoalPeabody

 

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Washington University Kicks off Campaign to “Renew WashU”

Posted on February 10

by Caroline Burney, St. Louis, MO

Posted in WashU Green Action

Just a few days ago, on February 6th, over 50 students at Washington University in St. Louis joined Green Action in officially announcing our campaign to Renew WashU by shifting our school to 100% renewable energy. Here in Missouri, this campaign will not be an easy one, nor will it be won overnight. Not only is Missouri 85% dependent on coal, but coal CEOs sit on the WashU Board of Trustees and fund the University’s Consortium for C!#@n Coal Utilization.

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty EnergyCampus Action & Sustainability

 

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Midwest Power Shift: A Week Later

Posted on November 2

by Caroline Burney, St. Louis, MO

Posted in WashU Green Action

Just two weekends ago, the feelings of solidarity and revolution were tangible. We came to Cleveland not only to share our struggles and our grievances with the current state of society, but also to search for solutions and support from one another. Though we have lots to accomplish, through working together and demanding the change that we so deserve, we really can move towards a cleaner future, one where the voice of every single person is heard and taken into consideration.

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Categories: Campus Action & Sustainability

Tags: Midwest Power Shift

 

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Students: It’s Our Money. Let’s Take it Back!

Posted on October 19

by Molly Gott

Posted in WashU Green Action

Last Friday, I attended an Occupy St. Louis march that included a protest outside of the Bank of America’s St. Louis headquarters. Participants included people of different ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political beliefs. There were students, veterans, union members, toddlers, adults who reminded me of my parents, members of the St. Louis LGBTI community, and countless others. The ever-increasing diversity of the #occupy movement is clear. Now, we must work to harness that diversity in ways that strengthen, rather than fracture, the movement.

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Categories: Building Political PowerBuilding the Clean Energy Economy

Tags: BankingMove Your MoneyOccupy

 

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Standing up to Obama, fighting for our future

Posted on October 16

by Adam Hasz, St. Louis, MO

Posted in WashU Green Action

On October 4, I helped to organize a protest at President Obama’s St. Louis campaign fundraiser, urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for Canadian tar sands oil. In August, 1,253 brave people were arrested in acts of civil disobedience outside the White House in order to send the same message: reject the Keystone XL. I was not able to make it to D.C., so I wanted to make my voice heard while the president was in town.

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Tags: Keystone XL

 

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Interrupting the President to Interrupt the Pipeline

Posted on October 5

by Arielle Klagsbrun, community organizer, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)

Posted in WashU Green Action

Yesterday, my friend Ken and I attended an Obama Campaign fundraiser in St. Louis. But we didn’t go there with any ordinary mission. We went to make sure our generation’s demand that President Obama reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was heard.

After waiting over an hour, and with hundreds rallying outside, President Obama took the stage. As he began his speech, Ken and I prepared for our intervention. I unwrapped my shawl, and Ken opened his jacket, which both had our message clearly inscribed “President Obama: Veto the Keystone XL pipeline.”

After President Obama spoke about leaving a better future for our children, we seized the pause and asked “will you veto the Keystone XL pipeline?” Obama didn’t directly respond, but acknowledged us a few minutes later when saying “we’ve got a couple of people here who are concerned about the environment.” Yesterday, we were heard.

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Categories: Building Political Power

Tags: 100actionsKeystone XLMissouriObamaSt. LouisWashington University in St. Louis

 

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Taking Obama’s Grassroots Fundraising Lesson to Heart to Demand He Reject Keystone XL

Posted on October 2

by Arielle Klagsbrun, community organizer, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)

Posted in WashU Green Action

This Tuesday, we are planning an action for President Obama’s fundraising stop in St. Louis. I sent this letter to my family and friends to ask for their support. Now I am asking a larger group to contribute, so we can call on President Obama to lead by rejecting Keystone XL.

Dear family and friends,

Like so many of us, in 2008, I fell in love with President Obama’s vision for the future. After working on his campaign and covering my walls in Obama swag, when the President was elected on my 18th birthday, I sobbed like a baby. But three years later, it is not a stretch to say that President Obama has not delivered on his promises. Of course, not all of this is his fault – he came into a difficult Presidency, Congress has gone crazy, America is increasingly polarized. But now when I hear him speak, I don’t feel inspired by his rhetoric – I feel sad for what could have been.

When I listened to Candidate Obama, I was most excited when he spoke about taking action on climate change. For the first time in 8 years, here was a candidate that not only accepted climate change was happening, but understood how awful it would be. And, if you understand that, if you understand the ramifications that climate change will have on our world, how can you not act now? But he didn’t, and crazy Congress didn’t let him.

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

Tags: fundraisingKeystone XLObama

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