Tucson, AZ – August 2008. I headed back to the Udall 2008 Scholarship outing in Tucson – birthplace of the Udall tribe, many who are running for office or chatting up climate change/water issues now. What a time! Marcos and Melissa invited me back as an alumna to speak on Environment+Capitalism–a talk that spurred a lot of controversy and conversation.
It was a great group – and I’m not saying that because it’s nice to say; I’d tell you if they sucked ;o) – But for real, I was thrilled to see a larger tribal leader contingent there (think we had 11 total); Sarah Brokenleg rocks ass; great to shoot the shit with Scott and Liz; laugh it out with the group during Nikolai’s and Daniel’s painfully truthful “Penis Monologues.” Fu*king Brilliant; and seriously get down to some deep conversation….Yes a group that can laugh and labor together…stays together.
I noted that the conversation has shifted among this group of influencers. Talk on environmental and social justice, equal rights dominates the conversation–something that was not being discussed even a few years back. A few years ago the conversation was, “How do we create a unified movement?” The scholars recognized that the base of the movement has been formed. In fact, many were impressed to find out that the foundation for Energy Action and the youth climate change movement that have touched so many of our lives and campuses–was borne out of the 2003 Udall group. So questions that were top-of-mind were not “What can we do,” but “What more can we do?“
Melissa is right. This is a pretty damn clever group bound to empower many.
Liz and I kick Andrew’s ass after the Environment + Capitalism talk. He seems to be thoroughly enjoying it.
This picture was taken just to throw you off. We’re not really normal.
Scott and I at the Tucson Desert Museum.
Ryan’s impermeable reptilian skin wouldn’t absorb the sunscreen.
Joe B. mokeys it out above the crowd. Sorry I didn’t bring my gear to go camping afterwards!
The awesome 2008 Udall Scholarship crew