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Mike Ewall

Speaker: Mike Ewall
Topics: Energy Justice;
Energy and Environmental Justice;
Replacing all Dirty Power with Clean Energy Within our Lifetime;
Don't Nuke the Climate!;
Green Energy or Green Scam? -- "Green Energy" Marketing and Biomass
The Burning Issues with Biomass and Biofuels;
Beyond Combustion Engines: Breaking the Oil Addiction with Clean Energy in Transportation;
No New Coal Plants!;
Global Warming Loopholes;
Garbage Dumps, Incinerators and other Trash Talk;
Milk Does Nobody Good;
Toxic Waste in you Water: Fluoride and Water Fluoridation;
Student and Anti-Corporate Organizing;
Exposing Corporate and Military Connections to your Campus;
"Greening" Your School;
Democratizing Your School;
How to Overthrow Corporate Rule in 5 Not-so-easy Steps
Email Address: catalyst@actionpa.org
Phone Number: 215-743-4884
Website: http://www.actionpa.org

Biography: Mike Ewall is the founder and director of ActionPA (a state-wide environmental grassroots support group in Pennsylvania) and the Energy Justice Network (a national organization to advance clean energy policies while aiding grassroots fights against dirty energy technologies). Since getting involved in high school in 1990, he has been actively involved in student and community environmental justice and anti-corporate organizing. He has assisted many communities in their efforts to stop landfills, incinerators and power plants and to address numerous other waste, toxics and energy issues. Since 1995, he's presented over 300 workshops in 26 states at over 100 schools and at least 80 activist conferences.

He has a strong background in addressing waste, toxics, energy and nuclear issues. His accomplishments include defeating two incinerator projects in his home county near Philadelphia, helping halt a nuclear waste dump that was to be built in Pennsylvania in the 1990s, stopping a mandatory water fluoridation law in Pennsylvania, stopping the nation's most urban proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal (in Philadelphia) and authoring the nation's strongest mercury and dioxin laws (passed by local governments in PA to stop crematoria). Through his grassroots support work, many communities have achieved victories against power plants, landfills, incinerators, medical waste facilities and other polluting industries. His experiences range from fighting for environmental justice in rural and suburban communities in Pennsylvania to helping protest environmental racism in the state's urban centers (primarily Chester, Harrisburg and in Philadelphia, where large polluting industries exist and where more have been proposed).

Mike has long been active in campaigning for corporate accountability. His experiences range from fighting for environmental justice in rural and suburban communities in Pennsylvania to helping protest environmental racism in the state's urban centers to protesting corporate investments in the military regime in Burma.

Since 1993, he's been actively involved in the building Pennsylvania's grassroots movement for environmental justice. From 1996 through 2000, he was active in student environmental and anti-corporate organizing, mostly through the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and 180: The Movement for Democracy and Education (a student pro-democracy/anti-corporate group active in the late 1990s). He's currently working on developing the Energy Justice Network, a national (somewhat international) group working to advance clean energy policies while aiding grassroots fights against "biomass" incinerators, new fossil fuel power plants and other proposed dirty energy technologies. Energy Justice Network is a founding member of the Energy Action Coalition, a U.S./Canada student and youth coalition on energy and climate issues.



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