On Monday, students from 19 Pennsylvania colleges and universities delivered a statement to Governor Tom Wolf's Capitol office demanding no new natural gas pipelines and immediate investment in green jobs.
The students are attending Pennsylvania Student Power Spring Break near Harrisburg, an alternative spring break program for students working on social, economic, and environmental justice issues across the state.
The statement delivery at the governor's office was led by 23 year-old Ashley Funk, the lead plaintiff in Funk vs Wolf, a lawsuit against the governor by citizens alleging that Pennsylvania has failed to meet its obligation to act on climate change.
Ms. Funk, a Westmoreland County resident and environmental engineering student at Wellesly College and Olin College of Engineering said, "I grew up playing in a waste coal dump behind my house and in a community impacted by what the coal industry left behind. My science education has made me deeply concerned that Marcellus Shale drilling and pipelines to support it are going to lead us down the same dark path. We are here to tell Tom Wolf that our young minds can answer the question of what's next for clean energy and green jobs to bring economic opportunity to our communities. We don't want our livelihoods to continue to be disrupted by unsafe water and an unstable climate."