1. Packed core group meeting has started! We’re talking abt upcoming actions related to the BG city council elections & the charter amendment to #banfracking in the city #cleanenergybgsu

     
  2. Students from across the country stand in solidarity w/ the peaceful activists detained in Russia. Text ARCTIC 30 to 8787 to sign the petition to #FreeTheArctic30 #powershift

     
  3. We agree! #cleanenergynow

     
  4. A packed room seeks to understand the deeply rooted intersection of capitalism & climate change. #powershift

     
  5. The costs of #dirtyenergy are deadly. We can’t let big business continue to ruin the health of community members across the country. #leavecoalbehind & move to a 100% #cleanenergy future #powershift

     
  6. Hey Russia: BGSU wants you to #FreetheArctic30 #PowerShift #CleanEnergyBGSU

     
  7. Our amazing volunteers at today’s Campus Fest at BGSU. A huge thank you to them and to all the students and community members who are helping lead the way to a clean energy future!

     
  8. #EAG is committed to making lasting change that will benefit the environment locally and globally. We are currently campaigning for a 100% clean #BGSU #CleanEnergyBGSU

     

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    Another semester begins and Environmental Action Group continues its campaign to see President Mary Ellen Mazey transition Bowling Green State University to 100% clean energy—sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal power—by 2020. The global need for such action intensifies and grows more urgent, and Environmental Action Group embodies this urgency. After the first two weeks of classes, volunteers have earned over 700 petition signatures from students while spreading the word about this year’s Power Shift (which BGSU students will be attending in prolific numbers). From October 18-21, over 10,000 young people will converge in Pittsburgh in order to strengthen “the movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis.” Past speakers at Power Shift, which is organized by Energy Action Coalition, include Al Gore and Van Jones. The event is being held in Pittsburgh since the city, along with the state of Pennsylvania as a whole, is in the midst of the largest defense of fracking yet.

    Another state whose citizens refuse to yield to dirty energy is Ohio. Environmental Action Group acknowledges the relevance of its 100% clean energy campaign to not only BGSU but as well as the city of Bowling Green as a whole, especially after a fracking drill began operation in nearby Lucas County in mid-August. Real concern has arisen regarding the dangers dirty energy sources on which the university continually relies, and in November, the citizens of Bowling Green will vote on an amendment to ban fracking within the city limits. We are helping elect Joe DeMare and Sandy Rowland for City Council in November, both of whom support the amendment’s proposed ban and support a future without fracking and natural gas. “Bowling Green is ideally positioned to lead the way to a sustainable energy future,” DeMare says on his campaign website. Environmental Action Group believes a transition to 100% clean energy would be a historic accomplishment by BGSU and establish the university as a leader in clean energy solutions by providing a blueprint for other universities to follow. By working with local candidates and organizations, such as Protect BG, we are building and sustaining a unified community that demands our leaders end the unsound alliance with dirty energy—the health, safety, and environmental dangers of which are catastrophic and certain—and invest in our future by investing in a clean energy future.

    The people of Bowling Green, from those who attend the university and those who have raised families or are raising families in the city, see the detriment of dirty energy reach communities across the state of Ohio and have begun speaking out against the atrocities being inflicted upon the environment and innocent peoples’ health as the realities of aggressive fracking expansion now threatens their own community. Environmental Action Group is building a community that wants its leaders to avert the disaster of having failed to act quickly and believes in a clean energy future that we deserve and need.

    Our fall kick off meeting is on Wednesday, September 18, at 8 pm in Olscamp 229. The clean energy future starts with you—come out and discover what you can do to help lead us there.

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  10. Environmental Action Group of BGSU Stages Sit-In at President Mazey’s Office

    As yet another semester at Bowling Green State University inches towards its conclusion, I realize how difficult it is to adequately summarize the accomplishments of Environmental Action Group in the form of the written word. Our campaign for 100% clean energy at BGSU by 2020 has reached heights that attest to the dedication of all students and community members who have been directly involved or have expressed valuable support and that highlight the urgent situation escalated by continued fossil fuel usage. 3,313 students, faculty, and community members have signed our petition, 16 student organizations have signed onto our coalition letter, and from Monday to Thursday of last week, BGSU students made their voices heard in a new way as they flooded President Mary Ellen Mazey’s office with at least 432 phone calls.

    On Monday, April 15, students of Environmental Action Group converged outside of our student union to ask students to call President Mazey’s office. Why? To tell her they want her to lead the university in a transition to 100% clean energy. The week of calling was conducted in preparation for Environmental Action Group’s biggest action yet: a sit-in at President Mazey’s office on Friday, April 19.

    An eventful week culminated on that eventful day at 9:30 am as five students arrived at the McFall Center, home of President Mazey’s office, to sit-in for 100% clean energy. They were met in front of guarded and locked doors by at least fifteen BGSU police officers. After they got inside, only two students were allowed upstairs—behind a police escort through doors that had to be unlocked—to deliver flowers to President Mazey’s secretary. It was a gesture of gratitude for her hard work during a week in which she was faced with an overwhelming amount of calls. 

    23 students in total joined the sit-in throughout the day until 5:00 pm, cordial and peaceful, which proved the preemptive police presence to be an unnecessary use of precious university funds that could and should be used towards 100% clean energy.

    Although students weren’t able to speak to President Mazey—she was not in her office—or any member of the administration on Friday, our efforts were again recognized and commended throughout the community. We delivered 686 additional petition signatures from students, faculty, and community members and phone call tracks from the week. We also attempted to set up a third meeting with President Mazey on August 26th (the first day of classes for the Fall 2013 semester) at 9:00 am to discuss the administration’s progress on transitioning the university to 100% clean energy. The administration has claimed that the transition will cost $200 million; we’re eager to see the research and work with a planning team to identify next steps. We’ve shown a clear willingness to work together with the administration, and we’re looking for the same in return.

    Our campaign has sought to echo the thoughts of our student body, and we’ve clearly succeeded in that. The students have done their part, and now, in order to show that our words do matter, President Mazey’s administration must exercise bold leadership in clean energy solutions. “It’s clear that the students have spoken, and will continue to until we actually get a commitment to clean energy,” said Madison Thomas.  A transition to 100% clean energy would result in international headlines for BGSU. President Mazey’s administration has the opportunity work with the students and take historic action—the type of action that our world needs and that our students, after all their hard work and all they’ve given to the university, deserve more than ever.

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