Renewable energy conference focuses on 2012 election

By Mehgan Cemons, The Famuan:

One month away from the election, this year’s SSREC theme is the 2012 election and making sure the elected officials listen to student voters.

Jacquie Ayala, Florida organizer for the Southern Energy Network and SSREC planning committee chair, is looking forward to recruiting more young people to step up and deal with the issues on a greater scale. She is looking to make sure students – the “millennial generation” – know there is something that can be done about the issues the environment and economy faces.

“Not only are we young people going to have to face these issues in the future, but they are going to be in our hands in the future,” Ayala said. “We have to figure this out.”

The workshops will specifically train students on how to organize their campus to confront environmental issues and how to lobby elected officials. Last year’s conference was held at the University of North Carolina, ending with more than 200 students marching in unity against the Keystone Pipeline project… Read more

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