What began with Bill McKibben's 2006 StepItUp demonstrations has grown into a movement raising issues of equity, justice, and economic reform.
"We are having a broader conversation than just climate change, or climate science," said Marcie Smith, a student at Transylvania University in Kentucky, testifying before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. "This is a conversation about justice, equity and opportunity."
"All for green! Green for all!" has become one of the movement's rally cries, a simple turn of phrase that has deep meaning for many pulled into this movement.
Juan Reynosa, a 27-year old community organizer with New Mexico Youth Organized, testified before Congress and shared his vision of a clean, green economy strong enough to lift up the currently marginalized and disaffected.
"It's time to rebuild our communities," Reynosa said. "This time we must include everyone in this new energy economy - single moms, drug addicts, ex-offenders. Everyone." At a time when US statistics show 49% of inner-city youth are unemployed, this is a great challenge, and a huge hope for eco-justice.