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The Power Grid and Climate Change 101

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

The privilege of having electricity is probably something many of us don’t think about until we experience a blackout. But as soon as a community experiences a power outage, everyone scrambles to purchase canned food, insulate heat or air conditioning, and replace the batteries in flashlights. Unfortunately, without major changes to the United States (U.S.) power grid, the increasingly intense effects of climate change could make electricity disruptions far more common. 

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Leilina: Reflections on Hurricane Ian

Leilina Patel

If you’re a non-Floridian, the part of Hurricane Ian you probably won’t see is the water shortage in every Walmart and Publix. You won’t see the temporarily displaced people having to evacuate Tampa. You won’t see the fights over gas. You won’t see the downed trees crushing cars and electric lines making the flood waters unsafe.

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Jillian & Andrew: Reflections on Hurricane Ian

Jillian Ortega

Climate change plays a huge role in how destructive the hurricane becomes. Hurricanes run on warm water, which is why they are becoming stronger as sea temperatures continue to rise. Not only will they become more intense, but they will also start slowing down.

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How to Vote Early

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, you may be able to vote in person ahead of time. Early voting allows you to vote in person at a location in your registered county, sometimes even a month before Election Day.

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Representation Matters: Latinx Creators and Activists to Follow

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

Representation matters because it takes just one person to become the next generation’s inspiration. Representation builds community and nothing is more powerful than what we can do when we join forces. For Laxtinx Heritage month, here are a few content creators everyone should know about. Read through this blog and check out each content creator’s social media platform. Don’t forget to follow, subscribe, and leave a like on their posts!

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How to Vote By Mail

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

Absentee voting (mail-in voting) is conducted by mail-in ballot before Election Day. Voting by mail allows you to vote safely from home instead of going to a polling place. As we continue to work through a global pandemic, voting by mail ensures the safety of voters and poll workers.

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APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate as a University of Oregon delegate at the 2022 APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation. This was an exciting 3-day event simulating global relations and negations that would occur at the United Nations.

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ACE INTERVIEW: Chloe Maxmin From ACE to the ME State Senate

Gari De Ramos, Social Media Manager

Hailing from rural Maine, Chloe is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate, at 28 years old. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district.

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Latinx Heritage Month: Youth Activists You Should Know

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we asked five Latinx-identifying activists about how their identities inform their climate and advocacy work. Read their responses below, learn more about them, and be sure to give them a follow!

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What is Gerrymandering?

Gari De Ramos, Social Media Manager

A quick read on the basics of gerrymandering and why we should fight to reform it.

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