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A Regional Coalition Rises out of the Heartland

Emerging from a several years of strategic conversation, cross-state collaboration, and the intense growth of the youth climate movement here in the Midwest, a fledgling coalition is rising. Following in the spirit of regional coalitions launched in the Southeast (Southern Energy Network) and Northwest (Cascade Climate Network), the Midwest Youth Climate Coalition seeks to deepen […]

Ohio Youth Ramp Up Fracking Resistance

As many student organizations wind down for winter break, student organizers in Ohio continue to ramp things up. Check out these blogs and media hits from the OH Student Environmental Coalition who has launched a well-coordinated, sustained and aggressive campaign on the fracking industry across the state.

Final Reflection on COP 17: “A People United, Will Never Be Defeated”

“A People United, Will Never Be Defeated” One week ago in the big march and rally through the streets of Durban those words were echoed over and over along with many other chants as 7,000 activists from all over the world made their statement. Were the delegates and ministers from the 191 countries represented at […]

Six Midwest Youth Climate Orgs Receive Funding for Critical Initiatives

Six Midwest Youth Climate Orgs Receive Funding for Critical Initiatives The Will Steger foundation has been a key ally in building the youth climate moment across the Midwest. Since 2007 WSF has been actively working with partner organizations across the generational spectrum to support youth climate leadership across the region. This includes a robust network […]

Midwest Power Shift Features Phenomenal Youth Workshops

In less than a week hundreds of youth climate organizers will gather in Cleveland for Midwest Power Shift, a regional conference run by and for youth aimed at engaging and preparing the next generation of Midwest climate leaders to lead the transition to a clean and just energy future. Youth organizers across the region are […]

Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]

Midwest Power Shift: Harnessing the Outrage and the Optimism

What does the Midwest have to do with a clean energy future (or a dirty energy future, it’s our choice)? Everything. Did you know that the Midwest region contributes 25 percent of total US carbon emissions (if you include Ohio and Indiana)? That the Midwest relies on coal for 70 percent of its electric power, […]

Youth Organize for Clean Air in the Windy City

CHICAGO, IL—On Thursday, July 28th, Aldermen Joe Moore and Danny Solis re-introduced the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance to a newly elected City Council, with an impressive total of 35 co-sponsors (in Chicago, a city ordinance requires 26 votes and the signature of the mayor to become law) and with continued support from the Chicago Clean […]

Cleveland, Detroit, Iowa City and Minneapolis: Summer Hot Spots for Youth Climate Activism

Summer of Solutions Detroit launches their Green Energy Economy Training in the inner-city Highland Park neighborhood As summer temps soar across the Midwest so does youth climate activism as momentum grows at an exponential pace across the region. Power Shift 2011 was revealing as Midwest youth participation made up almost a quarter of the 10,000 […]

Will Green Jobs be YOUTH jobs?

Just in case our 5 years of swarming state capitals decked out in green hard hats, running campaigns calling for more jobs in clean energy, and vowing to only vote for candidates who support renewable energy companies hasn’t made it clear — youth really want more green jobs.