FORA.tv Speaker - Jessy Tolkan

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Biography

Jessy Tolkan is the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition, a group of 50 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada that organize on college campuses, high schools, and in local communities. Energy Action Coalition is growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming, by advocating for green jobs, stopping new coal plants, and making young people's voices heard in the policy debate around global climate change.

As state director for the New Voters Project, Tolkan helped register more than 130,000 young voters producing one of the highest youth turnout rates in the country. Tolkan helped plan Power Shift 2007 and 2009, conferences that brought together more than 12,000 youth representing all 50 states, and resulted in the largest single lobby day on Capitol Hill focused on global warming. She also spearheaded Power Vote, a campaign to mobilize 1,000,000 young voters on climate and energy issues. She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, and on "Hard Ball" with Chris Matthews. In 2006 she was named one of the Real Hot 100 Women in America.

2 Programs

Climate & Environment Highlights from Momentum 2008/2009

09.09.09 | 00:04:48 min | 0 comments

Jessy Tolkan: The Youth Movement for Social Change

09.08.09 | 00:21:05 min | 1 comment