September 20, 2017

Youth Climate Intervenors: Jada Brown

Jada Brown is one of the Youth Climate Intervenors—13 young people who have been granted full status as a formal intervening party in Minnesota’s contested case permit process for Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Read more about the Youth Climate Intervenors here.

Jada Brown is one of the 13 Youth Climate Intervenors fighting the Line 3 Pipeline

Name: Jada Brown

Hometown: St. Michael, Minnesota. I lived there for 18 years.

Age/Year in school: am 20 years old and going into my third year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN-TC). I am doing a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Environmental and Sustainability Studies; Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies; and American Indian Studies.

How did you get involved with Line 3?

I have been involved in different organizing and community groups on and off campus, specifically for environmental and racial justice. After the rising Indigenous and youth movement at Standing Rock, we’re going to continue to carry that fire (like so many other youth fighting environmental degradation across the U.S.) and not let Enbridge start another, even larger, project right here in Northern Minnesota.

Why do you care about stopping Line 3?

The Line 3 replacement, which is actually an entirely new route and will carry 790,000 barrels of crude oil per day, is a direct threat to wild rice beds, treaty rights, ecosystems, water, and climate change.

What does being a YCI mean to you?

Being an Indigenous woman and Youth Climate Intervenor, it’s a responsibility of mine to speak out and fight for climate justice and protect the land and water, especially for those who are disproportionately affected by it or don’t have a voice.

How does this impact St. Michael? Why should Line 3 matter to St. Michael?

Think about the waterways that mean a lot to St. Michael and surrounding areas (Hanover, Buffalo, Corcoran) like the Crow River, Beebe Lake, etc. We want to keep these clean for our communities to continue using and have safe access to. Line 3 should matter to you if you want to protect Minnesota’s lands, waters, and biodiversity.

What is a fun fact no one would know about you?

I was in the choir program at STMA (my high school) for a long time, and I have lots of love and support for this program. Now, I am in a band called “Willows.” we are an Indie-folk band based in Minneapolis, and a big theme in our music is environmental justice.

 

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