Student Environmental Action Coalition
SEAC -- pronounced "seek," as in "seeking" -- is a student and youth run national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education. We define the environment to include the physical, economic, political and cultural conditions in which we live. By challenging the power structure which threatens these environmental conditions, SEAC works to create progressive social change on both the local and global levels.
Through this united effort, thousands of us have translated our concern into action by sharing resources, building coalitions, and challenging the limited mainstream definition of environmental issues.
SEAC's history began in the spring of 1988, when students from the University of North Carolina placed a notice in Greenpeace Magazine asking to hear from student environmentalists interested in forming a network. Since then, through campaigns, conferences and a lot of hard work, SEAC has grown to include hundreds of high school and college groups in the US and Canada.
Locally, you and your group can work with other youth environmental and social justice activists through a coalition of SEAC groups in your region.
Nationally, SEAC runs an office in Philadelphia (formerly in North Carolina) which provides a number of resources for young environmental and social justice activists ranging from publications to skills trainings, to one-on-one consulting, and on-the-ground campaigns for social change.
SEAC's Organizational Principles 1. Fight environmental degradation. 2. Recognize the impact of the environment on human individuals and communities. 3. Support human rights 4. Support animal rights 5. Demand corporate responsibility 6. Fight class inequalities 7. Fight racism 8. Fight sexism 9. Fight homophobia and heterosexism 10. Fight imperialism and militarism 11. Have a diverse membership 12. Develop an activist rather than a volunteer approach. 13. Link our issues to local, community concerns. 14. SEAC National exists to empower the grassroots through training and education. We view national campaigns as one of the tools to accomplish these goals.