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Dear Power Shift Network,

I'd like to share a story with you that I've been trying to tell for a long time. It's the story of becoming a human concerned about plants and animals and resources, despite my origins in an enormous city where resources abound.

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Grand Aspirations is now accepting applications to participate in our 2013 Summer of Solutions programs!  Apply here!  This blog post is from Growing Food and Sustainability in Middleton, WI.

Hello friends, and happy spring!

I’m Sara, a first-year intern at Growing Food and Sustainability. I wanted to tell you all a little bit about one of the great things I have been able to do with our team so far this year. Beginning last fall, I began working with our GFS team at Clark Street Community School; over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to co-lead their weekly Ecology Club meetings. In our 90 minutes together on Friday mornings we have had some amazing discussions already, and I imagine they will get even better as times goes on and we move from inside the classroom to outside in the garden.

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Clark Street students helping us clean up the youth farm last fall

A lot of what we have been talking about over the winter season has related to general questions of sustainable living. Currently, they are working away at a bottle-recycling program with other organizations in their school, and we have started some plants under light tables–just to get our hands a little dirty this winter! We have also done some great asset-mapping exercises to help them realize how effective they can really be as agents for change, and how their talents and networks really matter when it comes to making a difference.

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UPDATE: We blew through the 50,000 hour goal within 10 minutes! New goal is 100,000 hours!

Yesterday 12,000 people completely surrounded the White House and demanded President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

The fight for a clean energy future is a fight between special interests and people power. What we saw yesterday was an incredible demonstration on the side of people power — and now we have to build on it.

 

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