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The 101 on the Pennsylvania Gas Leak

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

A massive environmental and health issue has taken hold in western Pennsylvania. On November 6, 2022, a vent in an underground natural gas storage well began leaking. For more than 11 days, the Rager Mountain facility tried and failed to plug the leak, resulting in millions of cubic feet of natural gas leaking into the atmosphere. If these estimates are accurate, then the leak will have caused 1.1 billion cubic feet in emissions – the equivalent to the greenhouse gasses produced from burning 1,080 rail cars of coal. The leak was not stopped until over a week after it began.

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Being Able to Discuss Climate Change is Half the Battle

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

When Tori first learned about climate change, she wanted to talk about it. But a conversation about the climate emergency …

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Representation Matters: Indigenous Creators and Activists to Follow

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

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 SCOTUS Impacts Climate Change 101

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

SCOTUS, also known as the Supreme Court of the United States, is the highest form of the tribunal in the U.S. and is often regarded as the “final arbiter of the law.” This means they have the ultimate authority on whatever disputes reach them. Their work focuses on protecting equal justice under the law as interpreters of the U.S. Constitution. The power of the Supreme Court is established under Article III Section 1 of the Constitution. 

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How the Youth Vote Determined the Midterms (And Will Shape Future Elections)

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

The sustained youth vote is a great sign that young people are passionate about maintaining their civic engagement — and that they see voting as a main part of it. According to a study from the Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), 49.3% of 18-34 year olds named voting as the most important action to ensuring democracy works.

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Native American Heritage Month: Youth Activists You Should Know

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, we asked three Native American activists about how their identities inform their climate and advocacy work. Read their responses below, learn more about them, and follow!

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COP27 101

Cameron Katz, Social Media Intern

“COP” stands for Conference of Parties and refers to the annual United Nations (UN) conference on climate change. The annual conference was solidified in 1994 when hundreds of countries signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This year will mark the 27th conference and will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-18. It is the fifth time that the conference has been hosted in Africa.

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Teacher Experiences with Climate Change

LeeAnn Sangalang, Director of Research and Experimentation

Several recent research studies have pointed to rising feelings of climate anxiety for youth and young adults across the globe. Despite the important role in young people’s lives that teachers have, less is known about their own levels of climate anxiety and how that impacts how they teach and support students’ concerns. ACE conducted a survey in September 2022 of our teacher network to learn more.

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Transgender Pride: Youth Activists You Should Know

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Fellow

To celebrate transgender pride, we asked two trans activists about how their identities inform their climate and advocacy work. Read their responses below, learn more about them, and follow!

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Your Rights at the Polls this 2022 Election Cycle

Gari De Ramos, Social Media Manager

As Election Day—November 8—approaches, it is important to keep in mind the many rights individuals have at the polls. Knowing what rights you have at the polls is vital to ensuring no one infringes on your right to vote.

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