Wesleyan students spent an epic one week sleeping outside in tents set up in the middle of the Wesleyan University campus. The group, the Wesleyan Chapter of Students for a Just and Stable Future, a group which has many chapters throughout New England, is dedicated to clean energy and improving environmental standards.
The members staged this sleepout with a number of goals in mind. The first goal of the sleepout was promoting the group name locally, in Middletown, Conn., and in the Wesleyan community. The grand plan is to eventually work with many other schools around the state of Connecticut, but it is crucial to first expand the group's basis in the Middletown community.
The members' second goal was to fine tune their camping skills. The group hopes to use the sleepout tactic in the future. Group member Josh Levine says, "Next year we plan on holding sleepouts in Hartford outside the statehouse as a nonviolent demonstration calling for policy that will bring us to 100 percent clean electricity in Connecticut, and 100 percent clean electricity is the ultimate goal of our campaign." The group is ambitious but dedicated and I look forward to seeing its progress in the future.