Welcome to our new series, profiling members in the Mothers Out Front Community!

 


Featured Member: Susan Campbell, New York               SusanCampbell_WPIns.jpg


 

When did you get involved with Mothers Out Front?

During a 4-H fair last year, Kat Mosely of, Light House Wind, introduced me to Neely and Lisa, NY State Community Organizers. We sat and talked for almost two hours about our hopes for future generations and the earth. I decided after that conversation to start a group in my area because we don’t have a group with mothers and grandmothers that is working for future generations.

 

SusanCampbell_WPIns.jpgWhat attracted you to climate change and Mothers Out Front in particular?

Climate change has been something I have been passionate about since Earth Science in 8th grade. I entered the classroom and saw a poster with a picture of Earth with two human ears. The quote said, “Mother Earth’s greatest problem lies between the ears of men.”

Who we reach out to makes a difference every day. I have always been involved. I was so excited when I talked to Neely - an entire group that focused on Mother Earth! I have 14 grandchildren and 4 children—to be able to identify with people that feel the same way is so refreshing.

 

What are your activities and what do they involve?

Our group is called Lakeshore Mothers and Others Out Front. Our team is comprised of mothers, grandmothers, young men and older guys. My husband is even involved. Right now, we are working with two wind projects in the area that are trying to get approval.

We are also specifically initiating recycling projects in the area. There is a large fishing industry here. We are putting out fish line recycle bins in the community to keep fishing lines out of water. Our community has a shed, but you specifically have to go to it.

We also started some letter writing campaigns to the Public Service Commission regarding turbines. We host tabling events for summer and we started a pen project “YES” where the “y” is a turbine. {Insert Image} You can put the pin on visors and when they are down in the parking lot, looking at the pins that say “Yes” is a positive message.

 

What motivates you to stay involved?

We still haven’t finished the work that needs to be done. This is a continuous effort pretty much forever. There is always more we can do to make the earth a better place for our children. We borrowed the earth from our children, we need to give it back better than they gave it to us. We need to be caretakers of this land and right now we are not being very careful.

 

In your opinion, what is the most important work that Mothers Out Front does?

In our area, the most important thing that is being done is focusing on renewable energy, getting rid of fossil fuels and rallying mothers. That is who has the true power. We are doing the world a service because mothers and grandmothers are the strongest force. They are the teachers for the younger generation. One person joined by another and another, then another… we can make a difference! There is hope!

 

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I am most proud of our group. We are small, but we are loud. We are speaking up and we are trying to get the truth out about turbines. We have been faced with some vicious opposition in the area, with a lot of mistruths and myths perpetrated and we have been raising our voice about the turbines. We are not being conformational but informational.

 

What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?

I hope we exhibit that there is something we can do to stop fossil fuels, regardless of money or politics backing it. We can let people know that there is a different way of doing things. Just because that is the way it was always done doesn’t mean it has to be. Necessity is the mother of invention. It is necessary to invent other ways to bring power to our world or there will not be a world anymore.

 

Do you have an story about this cause/organization that really moved you?

“I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” Lily Tomlin

To me this message is clear, everyone can do something!

 

Do you have a message to share?

I just want everyone to know that as long as you are moving forward, even if it is slow forward motion, forward is a step better for kids and grandkids.

Also, I would like to share how much I appreciate Neely and the support she has given me. She is amazing! She is encouraging and keeps me grounded when I get discouraged. She is always there to pick me up and say, “We can do this!”

 


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