Students Rally for Clean Energy in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Power Shift, a statewide network of climate activists dedicated to solving environmental problems, called on the state to lead the nation with a bill for 100 percent clean energy by 2020 in a rally on the lawn outside of the Science Center at Harvard University on October 1st.
“I have a story to tell about a planet in peril and your role in saving it,” said Mass. Power Shift Coordinator and Founder Craig Altemose, at the beginning of the event.
Power Shift currently has chapters at 14 colleges across Massachusetts. This was the group’s first event at Harvard.
Senior Timothy L.H. Treuer, an Alaska native who was asked to speak at the event, explained how global warming has affected every Alaskan from suburban teenagers to the villagers whose homes are being destroyed by storm surges.
Junior John E. Beatty said the rally “was the opening step to what will be a super successful fall campaign.”
“It’s good that we’re now established as a campaign here,” said event organizer Sophia Wen ’12. “We can start being talked about.”
Mass. Power Shift also held an organizational meeting at 3:50 p.m. October 2nd in the Ticknor Lounge. The time of the event called attention to the 350 parts per million scientists have identified as the upper threshold of safe carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere.