Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Young started organizing for the University of Pittsburgh’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, which urges endowments to remove their money from fossil fuel companies. At the same time Shell started constructing a petrochemical cracker plant just north of their hometown: Pittsburgh, PA. Cracker Plants turn fracked natural gas into plastic. This construction makes the connections between climate change and single use plastic strikingly clear. Now they organize to create Plastic Free Colleges and Universities, which showcase how our society can operate plastic (and waste) free.