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When I was seven, my dad took me on my first backpacking trip. My older brother had gone the year before, but this summer it was my turn. It was just me, my dad and our purple bandanas. We filled our backpacks with instant mashed potatoes and hot chocolate mix, then set out into the wilderness of the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee.

A tragedy that we swore would never happen again, is happening right now. The caribou are going the way of the American bison and our bathroom preferences are having something to do with it. 

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

Imagine a future powered completely with clean, renewable energy. Imagine everything about your daily routine, whether it’s turning on your coffee maker in the morning or driving to work in your electric car, powered by the solar panels on your roof and the batteries in your garage.

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Susan Rakov
Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network; Managing Director, Frontier Group

Imagine a world powered by clean, renewable energy. Environment America’s advocates, organizers and members are spreading this vision to college campuses, cities and states across the country, organizing for commitments to 100 percent renewable energy.

What made growing up in Florida so special for me is our incredible natural heritage. Places like the Everglades, the Keys, and our springs are part of my fondest childhood memories and why millions of people come from around the world each year to visit the state. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is an important part of that heritage.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

In January of this year, after working nearly 20 years with Environment America and our related organizations, I started a new role as our Senior Director for Campaigns for 100% Renewable Energy. In this capacity, I direct a team of talented advocates and organizers that work with our state offices and allies across the country to move America and the world toward a future powered entirely by clean renewable energy.

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Ben Sonnega
Renewable Energy Advocate, Environment America

Recently, I had lunch with a friend who is an energy consultant working on utility issues. As we got chatting, he mentioned that street lamps were among the biggest energy users in cities around the country. Even as someone who spends most of his day thinking about energy issues, that was surprising. When I think of energy efficiency and conservation, I have to admit street lamps aren’t at the top of my list of concerns. But after learning this interesting fact, I decided to do some research.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

As part of my job, I interview a few candidates each week for Environment America’s year-long fellowship program. Generally speaking, I’m talking to college seniors, who are figuring out the very first step in their post-graduation careers. In those conversations, I invariably end up spending some time discussing why I do what I do. Last week, an interviewee asked point-blank how I first got my start in environmental advocacy, and I surprised myself by having to stop and think about it.

The Canadian boreal needs our help before it gets flushed down the drain. 

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

I have spent much of my life around the water. Many of my best childhood memories are closely tied to the lakes around my house in Michigan. I grew up in West Bloomfield Township, which is known for its many lakes, where I spent hours and hours each summer canoeing with my friends. My collection of memorable moments grew during my time at Kalamazoo College.