A sincere and energetic group of college students have found a way to deal with one of the gravest of threats facing our world today, by addressing the problem at its roots, bringing people with diverse viewpoints together-and having a lot of fun along the way. Jamie Henn and Mae Boeve, students at Middlebury College in Vermont, created the Road to Detroit bus tour and have brought students from all over the United States together to give voice to consumer demand for more fuel-efficient cars. In the summer of 2005 they traveled across the country in a biodeisel-powered bus, gathering signatures on a “Clean Car Pledge” and speaking about clean energy as a solution to global warming. The tour culminated in a gathering in “Motor City” Detroit, and meetings with Big 3 C.E.O.s to discuss a strategy that creates new jobs and stimulates economic growth, even as it reroutes the future of the industry that by itself emits more greenhouse gases than most countries. Jamie Henn describes the group’s objective this way: “We want to fuel these great empowering visions – not just changing the economy and changing a product, but changing the lives that those products affect, giving people jobs that they can feel good about, jobs that give them a sense of dignity, jobs that bring greener products, that bring positive attention to their communities as well.” With their non-confrontational approach, the students created alliances between activists, union members, and corporate executives to define common goals and even the spiritual element that underlies their vision and their work. (hosted by Bec Kageyama)
A junior at Middlebury College, Jamie Henn is committed to broadening the clean energy movement. His work on the “Road to Detroit” includes public relations, education, and fundraising. May Boeve is a senior at Middlebury. In 2004 she traveled with “Project BioBus”, which gave presentations about clean energy to more than sixty schools nationwide.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can re-ignite the fun and spirituality that fuels your work as an activist
- How you can draw on principles of civil rights activism to address global warming.
- How you can invite people with diverse viewpoints into a non-confrontational dialogue
- How your diesel car can become one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the road
Host: Bec Kageyama Interview Date: 8/4/2005 Program Number: 3102