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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Once a Hippie … Always a Hippie

A funny thing happened on the way to the Climate March. I was busted. Four lanky teenagers, 2 boys and 2 girls, watched me approach the check-in table at one of the many Youth Convening events. I mean, I knew I couldn’t meet the “youth” criteria, but hey – I can identify Kendrick Lamar in a lineup, can’t I? I was rockin’ my #RiseUp t-shirt; I’d left my Birkenstocks at the hotel; and my backpack was suitably ripped and dirty. Maybe my youth is long gone, but surely I could fake it enough to hang with the cool kids. Right? Right??? The girl with curly hair sent me a big smile and started toward me, with the other teens straggling after her. “Hi, are you looking for the Elder gathering?” she asked brightly. No. I’m absolutely not going to anything entitled “Elder”. Big Blonde…

The Oceans Are Rising … and So Are We!

Among the estimated 200,000 people who participated in the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29 in Washington, D.C. were thousands of teens and young adults. They came by train, by car and by the busload from every state; their voices were loud and their message was clear in their chant: The Oceans are Rising … and So are We! Young people convened the day before the march to talk about the role of youth in the climate movement, to build art installations and banners, to hear from inspiring speakers and to build relationships with other youth from around the world. Mark Hoyt, a college student from New Mexico, participated in a drumming ceremony called One Earth, One Heartbeat, One People. “It was nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” he said. “So many of us coming together for the same purpose.” He vowed to go back home…