Shortly after the 2018 midterm elections, a group of climate activists from the Sunrise Movement, including UNC first-year Rachel Maunus, were arrested during a protest on Capitol Hill in which protestors sat in Senator Mitch McConnell’s office and demanded he listen to constituents about climate change.
“We knew that they were going to start arresting people, but we also knew that we needed to have all those people share their stories,” Maunus said. “So, I risked arrest going into it because I acknowledged the privilege that I had in that situation.”
In January, Maunus started a new branch — or "hub" — of the climate activist organization in the Triangle area, and she is actively recruiting UNC students to join.
One of Sunrise’s new members, first-year environmental studies major Claire Bradley, said she joined the club because she was looking for a way to make an impact in the fight against climate change.
“Since I got to college, my eyes have been opened up through lots of different classes and clubs about how severe a problem we have,” Bradley said. “I want to be part of a group or an organization that’s going to take drastic measures, because we have a really big problem ahead of us.”