By Nicole Funk, KSEC, University of Kentucky
On October 12th , 2016, the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC) hosted its first annual Local Food Day of Action.
Universities across the state celebrated the day with events and activities to raise awareness for the importance of local food and to promote local food on campuses.
Students at Northern Kentucky University chalked their campus with messages about the Local Food Day of Action. At Murray State University, students tabled to promote the day, allowing students to learn more about local food. Students also tabled at the University of Louisville to educate others on why local food is beneficial, how the university has progressed in their embrace of local food, and introduced more of the campus to KSEC's organizing work. Visitors were able to fill out a survey about the kind of local food they would like to see on campus. Finally, at the University of Kentucky, students baked pumpkin chocolate chip muffins using local eggs and flour as well as squash and pumpkin grown on UK’s South Farm. The muffins were handed out to students to raise awareness of and appreciation for local food.
These Kentucky-wide activities helped spread KSEC’s message of support for local food. The Day of Action allowed students across the state to find out why food grown and produced in Kentucky is so valuable.
Here’s to hoping this day will inspire students, faculty & staff, and community members to bring more local food to our campuses!
By Zebeeb Nuguse, KSEC, duPont Manual High School
The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is sick of feeling ignored.
We have taken upon ourselves the burden of inspiring change for an environmentally just and sustainable future in a place where most of our political leaders couldn’t care less. KSEC is demanding change and fostering a network of youth from around the state to be engaged in Kentucky’s politics.
We’ve created an expansive network of college and high school campuses across Kentucky to share ideas and resources.
Since we were founded in 2007, here's a snapshot of some of the victories we've accomplished:
KSEC is now at a crossroads. It’s time for our growing coalition to think bigger, figure out how to unite our campuses, and make a greater impact. That's why we're beginning a Strategic Planning process—to help our coalition navigate through this moment.
The KSEC Strategic Planning Core is now working to launch a long-term planning process and focus on our organization on uniting the youth environmental movement in Kentucky. This process is an opportunity to evaluate our victories and expand on them, and it's an opportunity to become more effective at helping save the environment by uniting and connecting students at the state level and creating space for passionate and innovative youth leaders to emerge.
As students and youth of Kentucky, we are empowering ourselves. We are Kentucky’s bright future, and together we are creating a plan that can’t be ignored!
Are you in Kentucky and want to plug in? Join KSEC at our Fall Summit October 21-23rd to weigh in on this important process!
The Young Kentuckian is a blog of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition where youth share their work and ideas for Kentucky's bright future.
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