my internship with Climate + Energy Project begins to come to an end, I
have reflected on the time working with them. I have realized that
determined citizens and the partnering organizations can make a
difference. I have always followed the issues I care about, but through
this opportunity I’ve had the chance to really become involved.
Getting involved is so much more than following issues on the news. Hearing from constituents can sometimes be the deciding factor in government policy. When law makers know that the public has a lot of support or opposition to a bill, it can make a huge difference. I had the chance to help make that connection between people and government during this internship.
just the past few months, CEP has delivered post cards to legislators,
testified at committee meetings, hosted caucus meetings, and planned a
Clean Energy Day at the capitol. All of these events were aimed at
showing legislators how much the people of Kansas want a clean energy
future. Now when I hear about issues on the news, I know the legislators
who are behind the policies, and I know that they have heard from the
people who care the most about these topics. The type of outreach that
CEP does is extremely valuable for that reason.
This kind of hands-on activism has the potential to create
positive change. I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve done, and the people
I’ve met and worked with. It is great to know that so many people care
about clean energy and the future of our state.