This Sunday I went to the Tar Sands rally at the White House to help 12,000 other people ask President Obama to oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This was my first ever protest experience, and it really was amazing. It was an absolutely perfect fall day, sunny and warm enough not to wear a jacket. I was so happy to be in DC where I could hop on the Metro and go participate in a huge movement of people who share my passion for the environment.
It was an incredible experience being a part of such a huge crowd of people from all across the nation and from all age groups and backgrounds. Many of the people there had signs or neon orange vests blasting their message to the world: stop the pipeline! I was trying to look every direction at once as I read signs and watched people react to the words of the speakers. As I people-watched and soaked in my surroundings it was fascinating to think about where these people may have come from and how one important cause brought so many different individuals together. It really was amazing to see this grassroots movement for myself!
Speaker after speaker called on the crowd to continue the important fight against unsustainable energy sources that contribute to global climate change. I know this sounds cheesy, but I actually got goosebumps when a speaker led the crowd in a passionate chant of “Yes we can, Stop the Pipeline! Yes we can, Stop the Pipeline!”
Environmental activists face many challenges when trying to create widespread policy and behavior changes that will benefit the environment. It will take the continued work of passionate activists like the leaders and participants at the Tar Sands rally to bring about the change the world needs. It was exciting for me to see so many other people who care about the future of our environment, and I’m definitely fired up to continue to work for long-term sustainability and environmental consciousness.
To find out more about the Tar Sands Action and to get involved, check out this link:
For all of you in DC, On November 6th Greenpeace invites people to encircle the White House to ask President Obama to oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Let me know if you want to go with me, it’s a great opportunity to show your support for a major environmental issue!
Sign Up Using This Link!
This week I interviewed Dan Cannon, the Student Network Coordinator at
Greenpeace. Dan was really interested in my project, and we discussed
ways college students can get involved with Greenpeace’s national
campaigns. Here is information that I found out about some of these
projects and links if you would like to get more involved.
Tar Sands Action – November 6th at the White House
On November 6, 2011 Greenpeace invites students and other activists to encircle the White House. The protesters will ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would run from Alberta, Canada to Texas. The pipeline would destroy ecosystems, pollute water, and cause other environmental and public health hazards. Students can play an important role in speaking out and educating the public about the risks of building this pipeline, so click the link above you want to find out more about how to get signed-up!
100% Clean 100 Actions
Students can work on Greenpeace campaigns for cleaner energy on college campuses. Across the U.S. student activists have worked to shut down coal plants on their campuses and promote clean energy options.
The Greenpeace Semester is basically a study “abroad” opportunity, but with Greenpeace in Washington, DC. Students learn the fundamentals of grassroots organizing and run a Greenpeace campaign.
Greenpeace Student Network
If you want to get more involved in Greenpeace campaigns, this website can connect you with other student activists across the nation.
There are so many ways for students to get involved with Greenpeace campaigns. Everyone I talked to was excited to help out with my project and they are happy to help students find ways to get involved. If you are looking for an opportunity to do something big to help the environment, Greenpeace would be a great place to get started!