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New Fact Sheet | Conservation Corps: Pairing Climate Action with Economic Opportunity

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Communications Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Amaury is in charge of communications for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing science-based solutions for climate change, energy...

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As policymakers consider how to revive the economy after the pandemic and accelerate the transition to sustainable clean energy, many have taken a close look at a program with a long, inspiring pedigree: conservation corps. Learn more in our latest fact sheet!

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Matt Chester on Mar 10, 2021

You highlighted a number of legislative pieces supporting this time of initiative-- I'm curious, who might be pushing back and for what reason? Or is this a potential bipartisan homerun? 

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Henry Craver on Mar 10, 2021

How about beefing up the forrest fire fighting squads in the west? Seems like that's a problem that's here to stay. 

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Rick Engebretson on Mar 11, 2021

We just purchased and watched two PBS "American Experience" DVDs; "The Big Burn" and "The Civilian Conservation Corps." The Big Burn described a forest fire in 1910 and the creation of the US Forest Service. The CCC DVD, of course, described this article's topic.

People use the term "Green" all the time and know nothing about nature. Many young people have even fewer relevant work skills. My wife and I combine well for both. She is the brains and belongs to a Cornell University bird science group and some Monarch butterfly group, as well as being a food scientist. I'm the "shovel ready" old guy. So we have plenty of experience trying to find young environmentalists: without any luck. It's getting scary with all the modern cell phone Green experts demanding trillions of dollars without a drop of sweat.

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Matt Chester on Mar 11, 2021

Can you expand on what you mean by not being able to find young environmentalists? Is it just that you think they're too disconnected from nature because of technology?

Because I would argue that at least the technology is able to bring together the young people who do care about the environment to share lessons, ideas, inspiration, connection, and coalition-building. By many accounts, in fact, it's younger generations that are more likely to worry about sustainability, climate change, and environmental advocacy. 

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Rick Engebretson on Mar 11, 2021

Over 40 years of experience would open the door to far too much expansion.

I had the pleasure of knowing many people from older generations. One was a stone mason I asked how they did it; he replied "with a hammer and chisel from dawn to dusk." Another, a dairy farmer neighbor, bought me the book "The Little Red Hen." A good friend grew up on a dairy farm and shoveled manure before school, later built silos, etc.

We gave a needy young guy a car for help cutting firewood from trees laying in the yard. He soon disappeared and I learned he got 10 years in prison for drugs.

I was humbled and honored to learn from my elders. Watch the referenced DVDs and you might almost realize how ridiculous it has now become.

I write this from a computer running the Linux OS, as a Biophysicist, and would some day love to see even elementary environmental technology discussed.

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