Kandi Mossettis a North Dakota activist.
In October 2012, the Energy Action Coalition and other groups brought more than 8,000 activists, including high school and college students, to Pittsburgh for a Power Shift conference to energize the growing youth movement that is mobilizing to address global warming and environmental injustice, including opposition to fracking, the Keystone pipeline and universities’ financial investment in big fossil fuel corporations.
Many people look to inspiration from environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben, but the movement’s real strength comes from the growing number of young activists who are learning how to translate their idealism into political power. One of the leaders of this burgeoning movement is 34-year-old Kandi Mossett.
Born in North Dakota and raised in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mosset earned a degree in natural resource and park management from the University of North Dakota, worked in the National Park Service for three years, earned a master’s in environmental science and policy and joined the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge organizer in 2007.
She works with more than 30 tribal colleges on projects ranging from initiating recycling programs and community tree plantings to small-scale community solar panel installations and community gardens, as well as mobilizing students around issues such as the Keystone pipeline and the devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on Native American lands.
Thanks to her organizing efforts at Fort Berthold, activists were successful in shutting down a solid waste disposal pit in the community of White Shield and in relocating displaced residents of the Prairie Winds Trailer Court in the community of New Town, N.D.
World People's Conference on Climate Change
The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance delegation to Durban, South Africa, December 2011 for World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth consisted of Sara Mersha, Michael Leon Guerrero, Jen Soriano, Treston Davis-Faulkner, David Gonzales, Kandi Mossett and Rosalinda Guillen.
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Coordinating Committee
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Mei-ying Williams, Miya Yoshitani
- Black Workers for Justice (Ajamu Dillahunt, Angaza Laughinghouse)
- Causa Justa/Just Cause (Maria Poblet)
- Community to Community Development (Tara Villalba, Edgar Franks)
- East Michigan Environmental Action Council (Diana Copeland, William Copeland)
- Indigenous Environmental Network (Kandi Mossett, Tom Goldtooth)
- Just Transition Alliance (Jose Bravo)
- Miami Workers Center (Marcia Olivo, Trenise Bryant)
- Southwest Workers Union (Diana Lopez)
- Vermont Workers Center (Kate Kanelstein, James Haslam)
Native Nations March on Washington DC
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