Kick Off! Time to Start Another Great Year!

September 10, 2013 at 4:42 am Leave a comment

Hey all! The Sierra Student Coalition’s Beyond Coal campaign is still very much alive and well at UNC.

Today we hosted our Fall Kick Off meeting to encourage potential new members to come out and learn about our campaign and what they can do to get involved. The turn out was more than we could have hoped for! People arrived early, filling up all the available seats, while still more flowed in and eventually occupied the standing space.

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We want to send a giant thank you to everyone who attended. It was definitely a huge success. We had lots of fun, and we hope y’all did to! If you couldn’t attend, no worries. You can still get involved!

To recap: The meeting began with Rachel Woods introducing the campaign and its main goals (divestment).  A moving video was shown shortly after that demonstrates the true detriments coal has on society, and how it is first and foremost, a human rights issue.

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Anurag Angara and Jasmine Ruddy then spoke to the point of why divestment is a viable solution both economically, and environmentally. After this, a brief description of our four core break out groups was given. These include media, events, grassroots, and coalitions. Break out groups commenced with fun ice breakers, and lot of interested people! It was refreshing and inspiring to hear so many great ideas being thrown around right from the start.

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We’re excited about all of the new faces we saw tonight, and hope they can bring a fresh perspective to the campaign.

One major update: We are in the process of getting permission to make a presentation at the Board of Trustees meeting very shortly. Fingers crossed that we can get on the agenda, as this would be very helpful to our campaign. We’ll keep you updated as we are.

Thanks for sticking with us!

Want more information?

  The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working to protect the environment. The SSC is the youth-led chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Our mission is simple: “to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that result in tangible environmental victories and that develop leaders for the environmental movement.”

Want to learn more about the national campaign for university endowments to divest from dirty coal? Check out www.wearepowershift.org/campaigns/divestcoal 
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-Tara Nattress
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