I’m expecting an auditorium, with rows of packed seats. Instead, I am directed to a conference room, tucked away in a corner on the fifth floor of Emory University’s Math and Science Building. The fifth floor is the unique and sequestered environmental studies floor—the walls are splashed with colorful nature paintings, and the men’s urinals are shockingly au natural, or at least, so I’ve heard. Students file into the conference room, taking seats around the table, helping themselves to the brownies and carrot cake set up in the back corner. Most are members of e.c.o.s.e.a.c., Emory’s environmentalist club, and this is just another meeting for them. All in all, there are about twenty kids here.
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This article is reprinted from Campus Progress.org, the youth-oriented magazine of the Center for American Progress.