Climate Activist Urges Energy Conservation Over New Natural Gas Infrastructure

Posted Dec. 16, 2015

MP3 Interview with Leticia Colon de Mejias, climate activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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On Dec. 9, the Connecticut chapter of the League of Conservation Voters held its 15th annual Environmental Summit in Hartford, Connecticut. There, legislators gathered with environmental activists, many who are working on climate change, as the U.N. climate summit was underway in Paris. One of the keynote speakers was Rob Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, who said Connecticut under the state's Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is pursuing an "all of the above" energy policy with an emphasis on increasing the use of natural gas.

The event's other keynote speaker was Leticia Colon de Mejias, a Puerto Rican mother and educator from Hartford who quit her day job once she learned about the planetary threat of climate change. She became a climate activist, writing books for children and founded a company which employs 27 low-income people that retrofit homes and businesses for energy-efficiency.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mejias, who explained how – in an effort to encourage civic responsibility in her children – she learned about the climate crisis that changed her life. She also discusses alternatives to the use of fracked natural gas and expensive new pipelines as a bridge to a renewable energy future. She also disagreed with state policy on the value of fracked gas and said several studies show New England does not need new gas pipelines.

Learn more about her projects by visiting Energy Efficiencies Solutions at eesgogreen.com; Green Eco Warriors at gewportal.org and Leticia Colon de Mejias' Twitter Account at twitter.com/lcolondemejias.

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