Melony Lewis Campaigns for Clean, Affordable Energy to Fight Global Warming

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Xavier University of Louisiana
CONTACT:  Dr. Beverly Wright, 504.304.3324 or Mary I. Williams 504.304.3321.

New Orleans, LA -  Melony Lewis, a 22 year-old activist from Memphis, TN was a part of a ten person team to travel with the environmental group Greenpeace to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa August 26th. The WSSD had close to 60,000 government leaders, national delegates, businessmen, non-governmental organizations, and concerned activists. They discussed ways to preserve our natural resources, and look for solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the earth, such as global warming and economic security. Melony petitioned for clean energy options and to persuade governments to resist pressure from big corporations.

“Using clean energy is Important because it will allow for the present generations to insure that our future generations have accessible energy and allow millions of people now to have new access to energy.”

Melony, along with other young activists, participated in solar power demonstration projects, as well as, took part in lobbying the U.S. delegation to support clean energy solutions. The team met with U.S. Congressional leaders at a Global Forum press event. The main goal of their journey was to show support for developing nations in their quest to find clean energy solutions.

Little has been done to solve environmental problems since the last Earth Summit in Rio ten years ago. Thus far, the United States, under President George Bush, has refused to consider anything but non-binding agreements at the Summit when concerning clean energy. The Johannesburg Earth Summit presents a chance for the Bush Administration to use the power of the United States to achieve real progress, tackle poverty, and gain a secure future for the entire planet.

Melony, has been an environmental activist for 3 years. She is an Environmental Justice Intern at Xavier University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. She sits on Redefining Progress ‘s Youth Initiative committee for Environmental Justice Climate Change and has traveled to New York for the United Nations Prep Corn 6 last January. Melony is a senior political science major at Xavier University from Memphis,TN. She is the President of the Students for Environmental Justice Club and the Vice President of the Political Science Club and is set to graduate spring 2003.


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