Youth Advocates for Renewable Futures, Sustainability and Social Change

Posted by on January 27, 2010 in Featured, Green, North America

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The Green Guerrillas plan on getting down to the nitty gritty on what it means to be “green” in 2010 with the fourth film in their documentary series, Green Guerrillas Blockumentary v.3 HD in 3G: Ganonyonk | Gye Nyame | Generation. They are looking to chop away at inconsistent environmental policies and contradictions, to focus on personal and family carbon footprints and work to make their immediate communities healthier and greener—a pretty big agenda for a group of teens from upstate New York.

The Green Guerrillas are a group of youth advocates using media to help tell the story of the possibility of a sustainable future.

Self described as “a grassroots collective of youth, used to be youth, activists, filmmakers, hip hoppahs, historians, graphic artists, grease car drivers, journalists, life-long learners, media makers, off-grid survivors, photographers, poets, punx rockahs, students, videographers, visual artists, and writers… among other things!,” the Green Guerrillas are using media to advocate for issues closest to their hearts.

In April of 2009, the group of Change Agents embarked on a 16-month journey in a renewable energy, waste-veggie-oil-powered 1990 Ecoline bus they helped engineer with a local “organic mechanic” and traveled locally, regionally and nationally to showcase stories of sustainability from under-represented communities with a stake in the environmental movement. They are currently in pre-production putting together the feature length film.

Jason from the Green Guerrillas fills up the veggie-oil-powered bus and sets an example for alternative energy and transportation.

In the film, they address a number of issues including  “…accountability in terms of sustainability, accountability to the community, and the need to struggle through the contradictions and inconsistencies that has us using GMO-corn plastic cups to achieve a “zero-waste” event… where the energy used to power our projector and the lights inside our screening room comes from coal or natural gas.”

They understand the complexity of the systems we use everyday and how they play into the big picture. Accountability is important and they will add the film to their “connecting the dots toolbox,” an information source to help educate people on what it really means to be green and how the systematic picture fits together.

The Green Guerrillas on the set of Ithaca Peoples Garden Project filming for their documentary on renewable energy, sustainable communities and social change.

“When we talked about creating “plastic-free zones” and supporting the implementation of reduce, reuse, recycle, and re-buy on a municipal level… we also mentioned the need to take a hard look at our personal footprints and that of our families.  We cannot just be against hydraulic fracturing or toxic trash trades… we have to also be FOR something that is life-affirming and offers an example for others to follow who care to do the same,” said the Green Guerrillas.

Their goal is to continue to raise awareness, throughout marginalized communities, about renewable energy technologies, green building options, the impact of carbon footprints, and the existence of eco-friendly businesses. The GG’s inherently actively challenge the low expectations imposed upon less affluent communities.

Before being green was totally cool, back in 2006, the GG’s started empowering marginalized youth and adults and began a movement to help them identify adverse issues and institutional imbalances negatively affecting their futures, including environmental problems and pollution, social injustices and bad businesses.

The Green Guerrillas are sharing their stories on Changents.com. See what else the Green Guerrillas are up to and check out their documentary series, shorts and videos here.

Jennifer

Jennifer provides social media support for Changents.com, a storytelling and social-networking site that connects people changing the world with those who can help them. She helps promote the stories of Change Agents so that they can connect with supporters around the world and rally assistance for their initiatives.

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