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By Emily Hunter

People tell me the “green fad” is dead. It’s no longer the hot news story in the media, after the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. For some, it might seem that our revolution was short lived.

My generation’s eco-battle began with Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth that awakened us all to our own self-made thermageddon and ended at the UN summit that sealed a suicidal century with politicizing the climate.

Well, they’re wrong. The movement may be struggling to get airtime, but it’s not dead. Every day I hear of stories of heroism, victories and the continued struggles of individuals around the world who are sparking meaningful change for this planet, its inhabitants and us.

Just last week, Sea Shepherd, an organization I fought on the frontlines with to help save whales in the Antarctic ocean realized its decade-old dream – they shut down Japan’s whaling fleet.

After years of battle, what has been dubbed the “Whale War,” the Japanese whaling fleet ending their whaling season early after clashes with the Sea Shepherd activists. They may have killed an estimated 80 -100 whales this season, but the whalers were far from their goal of a thousand that usually include endangered species.

Nearly a year after the Copenhagen debacle, 350.org organized the most widespread day of action across the globe. As world leaders fell asleep at the helm, more than 7,000 rallies were held in 188 countries on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

People from all walks of life got to work on climate change by installing solar panels, weatherizing homes and planting trees. In Bangladesh, citizens demonstrated knee deep in the flood-waters that are affecting hundreds of thousands of people. In South Africa, a local business installed solar panels on the roof of an orphanage.

In the United States, there were over 2,000 rallies with events in all 50 states. As for Canada, there was an event in every province and territory, from the northern reaches of the Arctic to isolated islands.

If that’s not impressive enough for you, try this number on for size: 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people that participated in the last Earth Hour. Imagine: that’s over one-sixth the earth’s population that is a part of this movement.

This year’s Earth Hour is expected to have even more join in the revolution on March 26th.

So I will repeat again, the movement is not dead. We’re just getting started!

– Emily Hunter, Eco-Warrior

Join the Revolution: Emily’s new book “The Next Eco-Warriors,” tells these stories and more on today’s growing environmental movement.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

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