Caroline Hansley, Board Chair
Hey there. My name is Caroline Hansley and I grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I was an adventurous girl scout who loved to clean up streams and make fires, with s’mores of course. Then I went to college and wasn’t happy with what I was studying at the time, so I took a year off to live in Southern California, and boy was it fun. I fell in love with the ocean and the efforts made to conserve it.
Then I heard about the Greenpeace Semester and enrolled for Spring 2011 in San Francisco with some amazing people. After that I attended Power Shift 2011 in DC and saw Tim DeChristopher speak - that changed my life forever. I have organized different campaigns as a campus coordinator on twocampuses and am now a junior at NC State University.
I am passionate about making a positive impact on my planet, surroundings, family and friends. I am studying sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship so that I can grow, can, and preserve my own food in the near future. I love to travel and collect stickers!
I’m honored to be the Chair of the Student Board for 2012-2013.
Justin Lozano, Communications Coordinator
Hi my name is Justin Lozano, born in California, first went to school in Illinois, high school in New Jersey, and now a senior at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Psychology and Sociology.
Community organizing has dramatically impacted my life. As a college freshman in 2009, I researched environmental advocacy groups and was inspired by Greenpeace’s goals, achievements, and exciting campaigns. Such inspiration gave me the drive and energy to successfully establish Greenpeace at the University of Pittsburgh in my freshman year. By 2011, membership and activism within Pitt Greenpeace grew significantly and I assumed progressively responsible roles with Greenpeace USA: Lead Activist, Campus Coordinator, National Activist Network Intern, Activist Summit Coach, and Greenpeace USA representative for an international skill share conference in Switzerland.
Since founding University of Pittsburgh’s Greenpeace chapter, I have gained a meaningful experience in organizing various on-campus campaigns: Students Against Dirty Drilling, Stopping Dirty Money in Congress, Save the Paradise Forests, getting Facebook to Unfriend coal, Tar Sands Action, Mattel’s “ Product Recall,” Power Shift, etc.
What stood out in my activism experience was the Tar Sands action at Washington D.C. on November 6, 2011. It gave me a fresh insight and new information that was worth sharing with fellow Greenpeace members at the University of Pittsburgh. At the White House rally, I felt the environmental activism fervor rise up in the air as people from all walks of life came together to tell politicians to consider the interests of their constituents when making decisions. I came back to school energized and ready to organize others to join me in taking action.
As an avid trail runner and climber, I enjoy and appreciate much of nature’s beauty. Somehow, working with an outdoor sports retail store for many years has helped develop my passion for promoting environmental conservation and sustainability. Dirty energy policies threaten the wonderful things offered by nature as well as the health and safety of all.
Environmental protection is not a sprint, but a marathon – one that has many difficulties and requires stamina, determination, and persistence in order to succeed. We all need to make that first step toward environmental protection and extend our hand out to others to do the same. Each step adds up to that one big important step that everyone can do and make happen -- to SHIFT THE POWER!
Michelle Allen, Greenpeace Semester Alumni Coordinator
Hi! My name is Michelle Allen and I am from Kennesaw, Georgia. I am a senior at Kennesaw State University studying geography and geographic information systems.
Growing up, I remember finding turtles on the side of the road and carrying them to the safety of a nearby pond, taking in stray dogs and cats “just until we find them a home” but always ended up keeping them, and learning how to ride and care for horses on our small family ranch. It is my love for animals that drives me to work towards environmental justice. There is something about the beauty and mystery of wildlife thatcompels me to want to protect them. This means conserving their habitat, which also happens to be ours as well, the Earth.
Having lived in the Kennesaw area my entire life, I was not exposed to major environmental degradation. I didn’t grow up near a coal plant and I never witnessed firsthand the devastation of a forest that has been clearcut so I stayed oblivious to environmental injustices in my quaint little suburban town. It wasn’t until high school that I began doing my own research on something called global warming that I learned everything was not as perfect as I had once believed. It is as daunting of a problem now as it was then but I have since graduated from the Greenpeace Semester earlier this summer I know the importance and the power of grassroots organizing. I am using the skills I learned in the Greenpeace Semester to organize a campaign on my own campus this year and hope to do some awesome work on the Student Board as well!
Miles Goodrich, Greenpeace Semester Alumni Coordinator
Hey there, my name is Miles and I am a sophomore at Bowdoin College up in Brunswick, Maine. Although I spent much of my life in Connecticut, it was Maine who raised me. I did a lot of growing up in high school at the Chewonki Semester School in Wiscasset, Maine, with a community of students learning to live deliberately. I worked on a farm, studied humanity's relationship with nature, and enjoyed the bounty and beauty of a New England autumn. Maine has mountains, waterfalls, and beaches; orchards, gardens, and farms; pine trees to see sunsets in, rocks to picnic upon, and rivers to canoe down. These are the reasons that alone make me want to protect the Earth.
By witnessing Popham Beach's dunes erode away thinner every year, experiencing warmer and warmer winters with less and less snow, and hearing the complaints of fisherpersons about the scarcity of their catch and the creeping growth of the sea line made it all the more urgent for me to get involved. So though I go to Bowdoin for an education in history and environmental studies, I hope that my education will serve me as an activist.
I think it has: studying the student movements of the Sixties can only give one hope that change is not only possible, but also inevitable. Climate change may be the biggest problem humanity has ever faced, but the energy given off by twelve thousand protesters surrounding the White House last November to speak out against tar sands would make anyone optimistic.
I just completed the Greenpeace Semester this summer to better my ability to organize and mobilize and motivate. There's a storm coming - a storm of students raising hell and demanding real progress. Let's make our dreams real. Let's start a movement!
Erin Fagan, Trainings Coordinator
Hi there! My name is Erin, and I am a marine biology major at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Though I was born in Dover, Delaware, I’ve spent most of my life in Virginia, and consider it my home. When I was very young, my family had to move from Delaware to Virginia after being told by our family doctor that the cough I had had for several years was due to the high levels of air pollution in the city, and that it certainly wasn’t something that would just go away. All but a few of my childhood memories take place in Williamsburg, Virginia. When I wasn’t playing dress-up in my colonial clothes, I was usually plotting ways to escape my parents’ view to sneak into the river… I hear I did a good job of it too. It was no surprise to anyone when I declared that I would be a marine biologist, when I was nine years old. I spent the remainder of my younger years grabbing every volunteer or extracurricular opportunity that I could find, to make sure that my dream could come true.
By the time I made it to college, I had been lucky enough to live in three states: Delaware, Virginia, and Florida. This allowed me to witness everything from horseshoe crabs coming up on the beach for mating season, to endangered manatees and sea turtle hatchlings, and dolphins coming up to say hello while boating. For every amazing thing that I was able to see, there was a sad and reoccurring theme: They were disappearing, and some much faster than others. I realized that as an aspiring marine biologist, I would be faced with a big problem: there might not be anything left to study. It was obvious that things needed to change, so I decided to start by altering my own plans. I refocused my studies onto environmental conservation, with an emphasis on marine conservation.
The culmination of everything I had been working for, arguably either for several years or since my childhood, came when I was given the opportunity to direct the Clean Air Defense Campaign in Hampton Roads. We not only produced the most successful comment period in our government’s history, but by the end of the campaign, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s proposed coal plant near my beloved Williamsburg had been put on hold, indefinitely. Running a campaign of that magnitude was a lot of hard work, but the things that I was able to learn and experience are irreplaceable, and needless to say, I would happily do it again!
In the next few years, I plan to go to graduate school to get more of an educational emphasis on conservation. I am working as the manager for an environmental advocacy group now, and plan to continue my work with environmental conservation, including campaigning, advocacy, and activism. I know without a doubt that this is what I am meant to do with my life, and I won’t miss an opportunity to make a difference. I feel so honored to have the opportunity to work with such inspiring, groundbreaking individuals, and I cannot wait to witness the amazing things that we can accomplish together in this next year! Between all of us, there is so much unquestionable drive and passion, and that is what this world really needs! I just know that we will be at the forefront of this astounding movement.
Oh, and don’t worry, I do other things too! When I am not organizing or learning, I practice yoga and meditation, swim ridiculously far out into the ocean to feel invigorated, cook up some mean vegetarian meals, and visit either the local art museum, or the Virginia Aquarium, which I know like the back of my hand. So, if you ever find yourself in Hampton Roads, track me down and I’ll point you in the direction of a local adventure!
Tyler McFarland, Day of Actions Coordinator
My name is Tyler, and I am from the coast of New Hampshire. I grew up by the ocean and in the forests of New England, and love everything about the landscape. While the rest of the country’s pollution may fall on the northeast, we don’t have too many direct sources of industrial pollution nearby, making it a nice place to live. I became more aware of environmental problems during high school, and began working to make environmental issues a priority at my school. I took a year off after high school to participate in the Greenpeace Semester and then an internship in the Greenpeace warehouse in DC.
Those experiences lit the fire, and I cannot imagine anything I would rather do with my life - perhaps backcountry ski guide, too bad the snow is disappearing! I’m an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont and organizing to take on environmental problems on campus, like shutting down our natural gas plant. I believe the “solution” to climate change will come from people power and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. I am looking forward to learning all I can about amplifying people’s voices and helping Student Network Campus Coordinators as best I can.