Louisiana Tech & UL discuss free market environmentalism, free speech

Beduze discusses the importance of free speech and activism with students at the Young Americans for Liberty meeting at UL

Students at Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette recently hosted discussions on free market environmentalism and campus activism. CFACT Associate Collegians Director Graham Beduze visited students at each campus and discussed the importance of hunting, energy production, and free speech on college campuses.
At Louisiana Tech, students from the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and College Republicans chapters came together to discuss the best means of protecting the environment. 
“While radical groups like PETA like to claim that hunting and eating animals is inhumane, hunting actually helps conserve species for future generations,” said Graham.  “There are entire ranches in Texas that keep species alive from hunting fees. These animals, like the African Oryx, are extinct in the wild but they eventually plan to reintroduce them.” 

Beduze poses with students from Louisiana Tech of the YAL and College Republicans clubs.

At the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, students from the Young Americans for Liberty  chapter hosted Graham to discuss energy and how to get involved on campus. “Free speech counts on every issue,” Graham said after the talk. “There are very few campuses that allow for an open debate on energy production or climate change. The more students we can get passionate about liberty and free speech in general, the better off our scientific discussions will be.”
Austin, a student and YAL officer at UL, said that “It was great introducing our new members to local organizations like CFACT. We are very thankful for Graham showing our activists what opportunities are waiting for them in our movement!”

Students from Louisiana Tech listen to Beduze discuss free market energy and conservation.

Building coalitions with like-minded clubs is imperative to give conservative and libertarian students a powerful voice on college and university campuses. While the Left will band together with sometimes dozens of like-minded clubs, students on the Right only have typically a few allies. Making these relationships as strong as possible is the only way to push back against the radical environmentalist tide at our institutions of higher education.