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Senior organizes support for environmental activists

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Senior Matthias Benko creates signs in support for environmental activists. Photo by Nathan Horlander

Senior Matthias Benko creates signs in support for environmental activists. Photo by Nathan Horlander

Senior Matthias Benko creates signs in support for environmental activists. Photo by Nathan Horlander

Claire Williams

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As an active member of the Sierra Club, an environmental organization, senior Matthias Benko organized a group of students to support a recently debated climate action plan.

Benko has been a member of the Sierra Club for the past two months. While he has participated in several environmental events through different organizations, it wasn’t until recently that Benko discovered an opportunity to coordinate his very own.

Within the Sierra Club, Benko is also apart of the Climate Justice League which is a collection of young students who seek to improve environmental conditions across the country. These students are active in lobbying for pro-environmental legislation, promoting awareness and encouraging the education of all people about the effects of their actions on the world around them. Benko’s lifelong involvement and interest in the environment drew him to joining this organization. “This program teaches the skills necessary to be a community leader,” Benko said.

To support the Climate Justice League, Benko organized a local action plan and invited his classmates to participate as well. This specific event was centered around raising awareness about the recent climate change lawsuit that was brought against the federal government by 21 young activists. These activists claimed government officials were aware that carbon pollution from fossil fuels was causing climate change and failed to take action. The case was scheduled for Oct. 29 but the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the hearing.

Nevertheless, Benko posted images on social media in support of the environmental activists. “Even if it’s just a small event with five people, if you post it on social media it has the chance to spread and impact many,” Benko said.