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.