Hi, I’m Lydia, the new Executive Director at Energy Action Coalition! I’m spending my first few weeks talking to lots of people about their priorities as we chart a bold future for EAC — and that includes you!

I am so excited to introduce myself to you all! My name is Lydia Avila and I am the new Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition. It is such an honor to be joining this powerful movement of young people driving forth a bold agenda for climate justice.

Like many of you, I first started organizing in college when my university was considering major fee hikes that would have saddled students with even more debt. It was a sense of justice that drove me to join my friends in a campaign demanding the university to keep education affordable — and it is that same pursuit of justice that drives me today.

Right now people in our country need justice. The impacts of pollution and climate change are being felt by those least responsible for the pollution: people of color and the poor. The people who see coal plants and incinerators in their backyards are the same ones who bear the brunt of income inequality and racial discrimination.

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752 PowerShift 2007 (photo credit Ellen Epley)

The years I spent supporting the Energy Action Coalition as student leader, and then as staff of a partner organization deeply infulenced who I am today. I grew as a person, leader, and professional through the opportunities that were supported by EAC. Eventually I stepped back, but news of my good friend and mentor Liz Veazey stepping up to once again lead EAC through a critical transition into new leadership sent me calling. As an “Alumni” I felt a bit of nostalgia and responsibility to support the coalition and person who had been so influential.

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We are 36 days away from Power Shift 2013 and momentum is building! Last weekend, 11 regional convergences took place across the country to build momentum for local organizing and campaigns before we all come together in Pittsburgh this October.

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I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a city under siege by fracking, so last week when I heard President Obama give a full throttled endorsement for natural gas, I winced. And based on the flurry of activity on Facebook and in blog posts, I know I wasn’t the only one alarmed. 

Don’t get me wrong, President Obama’s commitments on climate, Keystone XL and reducing pollution from coal are a big step forward — but we cannot truly address the climate crisis and transition to a clean, just energy future by embracing false solutions. We need a U-turn on fracking, and it needs to start now.

Our pressure pushed President Obama to lead on climate and rethink Keystone XL, and now we must push back on fracking and make it clear that we demand a just transition away from ALL dirty energy to a clean energy economy.

In the coming weeks we’re going to ramp up our organizing to do just that, but for this to be successful we’re going to need a massive movement led effort.

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This is the speech we have been fighting for. Today, President Obama stood up and laid out in bold detail his plan to address the greatest challenge of our generation. He announced that for the first time ever we will cap the carbon pollution spewing from power plants, took a defiant stance on Keystone XL, and even gave a shout out to divestment!

Today’s speech was a BIG deal for the climate, a major victory for our movement — and most of all, a HUGE testament to the work that YOU and other youth climate activists have been doing for years to push the President to lead the way on climate change.

This was a huge victory, but it is not an end to this fight, it’s a new beginning. We got this far because people like you have been pushing the President. And we will not get over the finish line unless we hold the President accountable to his commitments and continue pushing further.

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We are the generation that occupied Wall Street, Sandy, and Tahrir Square. We dyed Facebook red in support of marriage equality. We’ve turned out in record numbers to every election we’ve been allowed to vote in, and elected President Barack Obama – twice.

We have shut down hundreds of coal plants and kept countless more from being built, while leading the charge to create a green economy in our communities. We have put our fists in the air and our bodies on the line to fight Keystone XL, fracking, and mountaintop removal — and we’re willing to do it again.

But we have much more work to do. As you read this, more wells are being fracked, sirens blare across Appalachia as coal companies blow the tops off mountains, and somewhere on Capitol Hill an industry lobbyist with fat pockets is selling out our future for quick profits.

This Fall at Power Shift 2013 we draw a line in the sand and say no more. Register now and join us!

From October 18th-21st, more than ten thousand youth leaders from every walk of life — college students, young environmental justice leaders, DREAMers, young people of faith, young workers — will come together in Pittsburgh, PA to train, build, and launch our resistance.

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Today is Earth Day, but this year the usual corporate greenwashing and symbolic gestures aren’t going to cut it. This year, we’re taking it back.

Students on dozens of campuses are organizing Take Back Earth Day events to demand their colleges and universities address the climate crisis with more than just words. At the same time, a movement-wide coalition is pushing on the national level by flooding the State Department with over 1 million public comments against the disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline.

#TakeBackEarthDay: Join the students taking action across the country by demanding the Obama Administration reject Keystone XL!


Whether it’s your administration on campus or the administration in Washington, we’ve got to hold our leaders accountable to their climate commitments, and push them to make a clean break from big polluters: divesting from fossil fuels and moving to 100% clean energy.

That’s what Earth Day needs to be about.

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This Earth Day, on campuses across the country students are demanding their campuses take bold action on climate by divesting from fossil fuels and moving to clean energy.

Students and universities are leading the fight against climate change. Thanks to years of student organizing, over 700 campuses have committed to carbon neutrality or have made some kind of commitment around climate change.

Yet - campuses continue to support dirty energy that is fueling the climate crisis, and making people sick. Students must stand in solidarity with communities being impacted by climate change and dirty energy, and demand that our campuses clean up their act.

What will you do to Take Back Earth Day? Check out our new video and put your campus on the map!

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