Whit Jones

School: Carleton College
Organization: Energy Action Coalition
Location: Washington, DC
Interest Area: Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

Whit Jones's Posts

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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Earth Day is around the corner, and this year we’re taking it back.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 to, in the words of its founder, “bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster.” Now each year I see Earth Day come and go with too much greenwashing and not enough action.

This year, we want to try something a little different: we want to Take Back Earth Day by organizing bold actions on our campuses.

Already students are organizing incredible Earth Day actions — from hundreds of students at Mizzou who will rally to demand their school shut down its dirty coal plant, to high schoolers from across Minnesota who will unite to lead a March to Demand Climate Action.

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Photo Credit: Shadia Fayne Wood

Let’s skip right to the big news: Power. Shift. 2013.

This October 18-21 over 10,000 of us will come together in Pittsburgh, PA for Power Shift 2013, the largest and most powerful convergence in the history of the youth climate movement.

Are you as excited as we are? Let us know and be the first to get updates about Power Shift 2013!

In the past year, our movement has made incredible progress fighting Keystone XL, shutting down the coal industry, scaling up renewables, and building a movement to see this work through.

Power Shift 2013 is our opportunity to come together and shift our country ENTIRELY AWAY from fossil fuels and TOWARD local clean energy solutions.

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