Solar groundbreaking at Escuela Verde, 2018.

Joey Zocher. Escuela Verde, Milwaukee, WI

Joey Zocher is a founding advisor at Escuela Verde, an environmental justice-focused charter school on the south side of Milwaukee. She lead the initiative to add solar to the school’s rooftop. The solar doesn’t sit silent on the school’s roof. Solar has incorporated it into opportunities for students to learn about energy generation and conservation, but also career opportunities in clean energy. Read more about the project HERE. It was an awesome partnership with Milwaukee Shines, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, SunVest Solar – all spearheaded by Joey.

I have seen Joey create real change by encouraging others to find their voice, and their passion. It’s not through loud speeches that Joey motivates, but by handing over the microphone to other voices traditionally not heard; to challenge leaders’ perspective on who can, and who is, leading the charge for environmental justice. I should also mention she’s an amazing artist in her own right, and I’m lucky enough to join her in our local band, Crimes Against Nature (yes, a shameless plug).

Joey’s submissions: “I think the Kill Rock Stars Label and Righteous Babe Records were really inspiring ways to show both women and independent musicians could make it in a world when Clear Channel was taking over the industry. Like, we don’t just have to take what is handed to us. We can unite and do better. That translates to the clean energy revolution. And, the lyrics say it all.”

 

One Beat
I’m a bubble in a sound wave
A sonic push for energy
Exploding like the sun
A flash of clean light hope
All you scientists can hold your breath
Can I decide to show myself, oh oh
If you think like Thomas Edison
Could you invent a world for me
Now all that’s on the surface
Are bloody arms and oil fields
Could I turn this place all upside down
And shake you and your fossils out, oh oh

Should I come outside and run your cars
Should I run your rockets to the stars
Could you invent a world for me
I need to hear a symphony
If I’m to run the future
You’ve got to let the old world go, oh oh
Your word for me is fusion
But is real change an illusion
Could I turn this place all upside down
And shake you and your fossils out
If I’m to run the future
You’ve got to let the old world go

Standing in the Way of Control
Your back’s against the wall
There’s no-one home to call
You’re forgetting who you are
You can’t stop crying
It’s part not giving in
And part trusting your friends
You do it all again
And I’m not lying
Standing in the way of control
You live your life
Standing in the way of control
We live our lives
Because we’re standing in the way of control
We will live our lives
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