Today marks the end of the first week for the Greenpeace Semester's first summer session. Nine students are going to spend the next five weeks in Washington, DC training with some of the best professional activists in the environmental movement. They will also have the opportunity to travel to work on a Greenpeace campaign for about a week during their session.
These students have been working for the last four months or so to prepare for their training in DC. They've been fundraising, working with their advisors to get credit, and telling their friends and family about why they are giving half their summer to learn the skills necessary to work effectively on critical environmental problems back home.
They come from all over the country. Some have been working on environmental issues for a while; for some this is their first experience in activism. Over the next five weeks, they will learn how to rally their peers, pressure decision makers, and build people power in their communities. We can't wait to see what they do this summer - and next year back on campus! You can follow their work on Twitter @GPsemester.
Please join us in welcoming our newest class!