tar sands

Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline would put their futures at risk, so these young people are petitioning for a seat at the decision-making table. Now, Enbridge is trying to silence them.

On Monday, May 15, eight of 13 “Youth Climate Intervenors” appeared in front of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s Administrative Law Judge to argue for a seat at the table in the case of Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline “replacement.” 

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On Wednesday, April 19, more than 50 young people met with Governor Mark Dayton as part of Water Action Day, to express their unique hopes and concerns about protecting our water resources here in Minnesota for our generation, and all those who follow.

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On Saturday, March 4, more than 200 people—mostly youth under the age of 30—took to the streets of small-town Whitewater, Wisconsin, in a March Against Pipeline Expansion.


Members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society—who had traveled all the way from St. Paul, Minnesota, to participate—led the march. Starting from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus, marchers made their way through town, down Main Street, and eventually to the scenic Cravath Lakefront Park.


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Growing Youth Leadership

February 18, 2016

Hello, my name is Cassie, and I am a millennial.

My age group is often underestimated. We’re viewed as lazy and are often critiqued for our reliance on technology. In coalitions, the youth voice is often underrepresented and under-heard.

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Today, President Obama stood on our side of history and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Make no mistake: I'm grateful to the President, but this victory belongs to our movement. It belongs to you. That's why I want to say, to all of you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The fight against Keystone XL has been a test of faith. A test of faith in ourselves. A test of faith in whether we could turn things around and stop a climate catastrophe.

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August 25, 2015


When I interviewed with for the position of Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition a few months back I was asked what keeps me motivated.  Without hesitating I said, “The dedication and enthusiasm that young people bring to this work.”  It is days like today - days in which young people demonstrate how much they are willing to risk for the future of our world - that are completely invigorating.

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Often on a hot summer festival day, I'd hear a friend sigh, "I wish we could go swimming," gesturing towards the Kalamazoo River. I'd laugh and say "No one goes swimming in the Kalamazoo River unless they want to grow an extra limb or eye." I repeated this phrase frequently to my out-of-state Kalamazoo College friends walking by the river beneath Kalamazoo Valley Museum, but I didn't fully understand the origins of the toxicity until very recently.

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There is a spirit of pipeline resistance spreading across our continent. Ranchers in Nebraska have united to protect their land from the Keystone XL pipeline, while college kids a thousand miles away pulled together XL Dissent, the largest act of youth civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement to defend their future. Texas Tar Sands Blockade fiercely resisted pipeline construction to the South and, currently, in British Columbia, First Nations communities have formed an unbroken wall of resistance to bitumen bound for the Pacific.

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My Story

June 26, 2014


I am from Newton, Massachusetts—a sub-city of Boston. It is fairly urban and one has to go out of their way to be immersed in a wilderness setting, but this slight disconnect heightened my curiosity for it and strengthened the inert magnetism my soul felt towards nature.

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Thursday afternoon April 3rd, 300 protesters from across the Great Lakes region from multiple generations, marched with high spirits through the final fits of winter, to a contested case hearing, holding Enbridge on trial to re-examine the need to expand tar sands infrastructure, specifically Line 67, the Alberta Clipper, which would transport 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day across MN to Lake Superior.

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