NC Youth Climate Coalition Shares Vision with Decision Makers

April 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm 2 comments

Youth leaders from North Carolina colleges and universities, under the umbrella of the North Carolina Youth Climate Coalition and the Southern Energy Network, are mobilizing to push North Carolina decision makers to adopt ambitious clean energy commitments .

The coalition gathered in downtown Raleigh to “Declare our Decade” by calling on our leaders to bring about sustainable energy and energy policy in North Carolina through efficiency and increased development of renewables. “It’s a new decade and we’re tired of partisan politics and policies that have held our nation back on real climate and clean energy solutions,” said Russell Anderson, North Carolina Coordinator for Southern Energy Network. “That’s what Declare our Decade is all about”.

First convening at Progress Energy Headquarters and then walking to the North Carolina House of Representatives. The North Carolina Youth Climate Coalition, called upon Progress Energy, a major energy provider, to commit to using 25% renewable energy by 2020 and phase out coal completely by 2050.

NCYCC reps meets with Mike Hughes of Progress Energy

While the energy company is currently committed to reach the NC renewable mandate of 12.5% renewable energy by 2020, scientists and academics across the state say that they can do more. “Progress Energy should live up to their name and be progressive. Committing to a status quo energy mandate is not progress, it’s just more of the same. We have to step it up.”  Said Ryan Thompson, of the N.C.S.U Greenpeace Student Network.

“Progress Energy and our elected officials need to show leadership in providing NC with renewable energy, like wind and solar, as quickly as possible. I am part of a generation that understands the urgency with which we need to address our current environmental situation. Our future and our children’s future depend on our ability to make a quick transition to clean, renewable energy. I want to see my university’s energy provider prove that they are committed to protecting my future.” Said Brinkley Hutchings, a UNC Wilmington student.

Stuents demonstrate for clean energy outside of the NC capitol

The event ended with the delivery of 5,500 petitions to target members of the State House of Representatives that showed young peoples support for clean energy, and politicians who supported ambitious energy policy, in North Carolina.

*The campus leaders representing the North Carolina Youth Climate Coalition come from campus environmental and climate justice organizations within: UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Meredith College, Peace College, and East Carolina University, UNC Wilmington, Montreat College, and NC A&T.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. onenuss  |  April 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love the two pronged strategy of meeting with utilities and elected officials. Keep it up!

    Reply
  • 2. Mike Hughes  |  April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing your perspective with us. That kind of dialogue is important, and your thoughts and ideas are helpful as we work together to address changing, and often difficult, energy realities and needs.

    Reply

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