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Eugene Teen Walks The Talk On Climate Change

Rachael McDonald

A teen from Eugene has taken her activism on the road. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with her by phone as she walks across the U.S. in the Great March for Climate Action.

18 year old Kelsey Juliana joined the march last month in Nebraska. She’s been walking about 15 miles a day on a journey that will conclude in November in Washington DC. Juliana says in Nebraska they spoke with people concerned about the Keystone pipeline which would pump oil across their farms. She says there’s alarm about the possibility of oil leaks as well as disruption of the land.
Juliana: “It doesn’t matter if you are a so-called environmentalist or a so-called activist, if you are a farmer or if you are a citizen of Nebraska, this is a huge concern for these people.”
 Juliana and her fellow marchers, about 35 to 40 people, are currently walking across Iowa. Illinois is next. Juliana graduated from South Eugene High School in June. She put off enrollment in college to join the march.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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