As 2016 Comes to an End, Young Kentuckians Are More Dedicated Than Ever to Creating an Environmentally Just and Sustainable Commonwealth
By Cara Cooper, KSEC Organizer
Thinking back over 2016 gives me lots of feels. Especially in light of the powerful and scary events that have been taking place over the past couple of months.
It is clear that our government is not going to be our savior in the fight to resist corporate greed and environmental destruction and that it is up to us, standing in solidarity with indigenous communities, communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and other marginalized folks to create our own solutions. Watching the militarized police force at Standing Rock brutalize indigenous people trying to protect their clean water and sacred lands for the sake of fossil fuel interests is scary. Watching appointment after appointment of anti-social justice, climate deniers to the White House is terrifying. It speaks to a turning point in our country and in our movements.
But I can’t help but feel hopeful, too, looking at the hundreds and hundreds of KY Student Environmental Coalition members dedicated to justice and our collective future. I don’t want to put faith in elected officials anymore, I want to put my faith in you.
Here are the 2016 Statewide Highlights
Not only are we working on state-level issues, our student members are doing amazing things on campus, too!
A few 2016 Campus Highlights