"University of California, Irvine, ecology and evolutionary biology professor Kathleen Treseder — a co-founder of Orange County Clean Power — started her grassroots organization after showing her students a video in 2017 of then-president Donald Trump announcing that the U.S. would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. She noted during the event that her students were 'heartbroken.'

“'It really hit me at that point that we were failing; we were failing the future generation,' Treseder said at the event. 'I decided at that moment that I needed to get out of the classroom, get out of the lab, get into the community and start working locally to convert our cities to renewable energy because we couldn’t count on the federal government to do it at that time.'"

Read more at the Panther Newspaper, by Renee Elefante