New student group forms, UAF Climate Action

From left to right Stephen Greenlaw, Odin Miller and Tristan Glowa tabling in the Wood Center in order to get the word out about their organization. Photo provided by courtesy of Tristan Glowa. Josh Hartman/ Sun Star

From left to right Stephen Greenlaw, Odin Miller and Tristan Glowa tabling in the Wood Center in order to get the word out about their organization. Photo provided by courtesy of Tristan Glowa.

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A new student group called UAF Climate Action (UAFCA) had its first meeting on Jan. 29 in the Wood Center. UAFCA will be working on UAF campus-based activism  in collaboration with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, which focuses on community wide climate change activism.

“We seek to build an activist organization focused on engaging our campus community for local action on climate justice,” reads the UAFCA’s flyer.

The Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition and UAFCA will be “speaking with one voice” according to Jessica Girard, the program director from Northern Alaska Environmental Center which is a part of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.

Alaska has experienced warmer and more unpredictable winters, worse wildfires, and intense flooding due to climate change, according to Tristan Glowa, one of the group members.

“We’re really on the front lines both of climate change and the fossil fuel extraction that’s driving it here in Fairbanks,” Glowa said.  “we all have a stake in climate change here in Alaska.

“I would like to see [UAFCA] cultivate a base of students and faculty that want to work in the just transition away from coal, that the university is currently dependent on,” Girard said.

UAFCA’s faculty advisor is Michelle Mouton, who is the director of UAF’s Office of Sustainability and is also a member of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.

The group’s second meeting will be on Monday Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Wood Center’s multi-level lounge. Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition has their own Facebook page for people interested in learning more about what they can do about climate change. 

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