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Going for the Green: Confronting the Dirty Energy Dilema Conference

April 18, 2013

Toledo Free Press, Stacy Jurich | | sjurich@toledofreepress.com

Polly Peterson is a native of Northwest Ohio and has been promoting, studying and working in all the aspects of sustainability for more than 20 years.

Toledo Move to Amend and Western Lake Erie Sierra Club are hosting a free grassroots conference to educate, organize and develop strategies for sustainable energy solutions. “Going for the Green: Confronting the Dirty Energy Dilema” will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 27 at University Church, 4747 Hill Ave.

SJ: Where did the idea for the “Going for the Green” conference come from and why?

PP: The idea for an energy-focused conference came out of growing public awareness related to oil and energy companies’ adherence to a fossil fuel-based economy despite the apparent negative impacts.  Specifically there is increasing concern for the health and environmental impacts of fracking and tar sands extraction practices.

SJ: The focus of the panel discussions is “Establishing Grassroots Democracy at the Local Level.” What does this mean as it relates to Going for the Green?

PP: Move to Amend works to encourage democratic participation and empower people to pursue grassroots action against corporate influence in politics. This influence has become stifling in many areas of our socio-economic system, including fossil fuel-based energy. We need more citizen action to demand longterm, cleaner energy policies and infrastructure.

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