The power of active citizens to generate power

"When I first heard about global warming, I thought 'Oh, some environmentalists will come along and take care of it,'" said Felicity Britton. "But eventually you get the idea that it's got to be all of us." Today, Ms. Britton is executive director of a nonprofit group in her Minneapolis neighborhood working to convert garbage into electricity.

The garbage-to-electricity project is one of several organized by Linden Hills residents in the past few years. "We're going to have a small impact on [climate change], said resident and small business owner Tom Braun, "but what I've felt is most important is that other groups and neighborhoods hearing our story will be saying, 'If they can do it, why can't we?'"

The story of these organizers is reported in today's Star Tribune newspaper. The print version includes a picture of Felicity Britton and members of the Linden Hills Power and Light board in front of a sign that reads "We are the people we've been waiting for." Amen!

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs