Quotatious: Jessy Tolkan on the New Cooperative Environmental Movement Quotatious: Jessy Tolkan on the New Cooperative Environmental Movement
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Quotatious: Jessy Tolkan on the New Cooperative Environmental Movement

by Ben Jervey

April 22, 2011

Last weekend, roughly 10,000 young climate and clean energy activists gathered in Washington D.C. for Power Shift, a four-day series of rallies, training workshops, lobbying missions, and inspiring speeches. One thing clear at Power Shift, and evident in the recent merger of 350.org and 1Sky.org, is that there's a new cooperative spirit in environmentalism that has been somewhat lost in the older "big logo" environmental NGOs. The main organizers of Power Shift embody that spirit: Energy Action Coalitionis a coalition of over 50 youth-led environmental and social justice organizations. Here's a founder of EAC:

"We're going to work in a united way, we're not going to fight against each other for resources—like some of our elders in the environmental movement do—but to share best practices and strategize together.”

--Jessy Tolkan, one of the founders of the Energy Action Coalition, in an interview with YES! Magazine.

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Quotatious: Jessy Tolkan on the New Cooperative Environmental Movement