October 16, 2017

Youth Climate Intervenors: Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan 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.

Jordan Morgan is one of the 13 Youth Climate Intervenors fighting the Line 3 Pipeline

Name:  Jordan Morgan

Hometown (and how long you have lived there): I spent most of my adolescence in St. Peter, MN, but have hometown connections with the Bemidji community as well.

Age/Year in school: I am a 24-year-old graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)

How did you get involved with Line 3?

I first got involved in environmental advocacy as a student at Bemidji State University (BSU). I joined the organization Students for the Environment and really found my passion for environmentalism. In 2014, I helped organize an event at BSU that featured a presentation by Winona LaDuke. Her riveting talk focused on taking care of Minnesota’s precious and pristine natural resources. Specifically, tar sand pipelines provide an existing tangible threat to our clean waters and other natural resources. Subsequently, we organized a training ran by the experts at MN350 to discuss pipeline resistance. I celebrated when we defeated the Sandpiper here in Minnesota and I am committed to stop Line 3 as well.

Why do you care about stopping Line 3?

There are so many reasons to care about Line 3 because of the intersecting environmental, social, and economic concerns it creates. Line 3 is the continuation of an old energy system that can be thought of as a point source human activity that perpetuates climate change. Climate change is bad for everyone, but it disproportionately impacts my and unborn generations due to the increasingly devastating characteristics of climate change impacts as more greenhouse gasses are immitted into the atmosphere. If we know pipelines are the kind of human activity causing climate change, then it is our moral obligation to my and unborn generations to discontinue this type of infrastructure. Renewable energy sources have already proven to be a more sustainable substitute to pipelines. Now we just need the political will to implement these technologies on a much larger scale.  

What does being a Youth Intervenor mean to you?

Being a Youth Climate Intervenor is an honor and a responsibility. I am honored to live in a state where I have the freedom to be allowed to participate in an intervening process. I am honored to be accompanied by my inspiring fellow Youth Intervenors, whom I have no doubt will be leaders in this State for many decades to come. Yet, it is my responsibility to voice the concerns my generation have about our prospects of a viable climate. Things do not change unless change is demanded. Amidst silence the status-quo remains and nothing changes. Climate change is perpetuated by our systemic status-quo of infrastructure that have known and existing substitutes. As a Youth Climate Intervenor, it is my responsibility to use my voice to advocate for the transition away from the status-quos that plague our society.  

How does this impact Saint Paul? Why should Line 3 matter to Saint Paul?

"Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call 'global challenges,' which require global solidarity" - Ban Ki-moon.

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

I am a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Meet the Youth Climate Intervenors

Check back soon for profiles of the rest of the Youth Climate Intervenors!