I’m Fiona Gettinger, and this is an attempt at an application for the Trouble Maker award. I have to admit that I’m on the verge of hitting the two decade mark - my birthday is just a week before the deadline, but I figure that rules are made to be broken and a little rebelliousness never hurt anyone. Well, Marie Antoinette might not have agreed, but she’s not one of the judges.
My application comes in the form of the following link, which leads to a blog post written for Greenpeace USA. It sums up a good deal of my most recent trouble making at the University of New Hampshire, at which I lead the Student Environmental Action Coalition. We’ve been working on a campaign to divest our university’s endowment from fossil fuels, a campaign which has exploded at schools across the nation in the last several months. I am very proud to say that UNH was one of just six New England schools to begin the campaign, and the work I put into it has helped students pick up the effort at their schools.
If I won the Trouble Maker award, I would use the money to A) fly the top student leaders of my organization to Texas to help the folks there stop the building of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, B) save some of it to bail them out if they get arrested for protecting the forests and homelands of people there by blockading the scheduled route for building, C) use the rest on graduating seniors who will be attending UNH next year and show promise in environmental activism and leadership, to bring them to Powershift 2013 in Washington DC - a weekend in the fall to inspire and educate close to 10,000 students from across the nation.
Thanks for reading!