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Maya Lemon
Maya Lemon is an outdoor educator born and raised in the pineywoods of deep East Texas. Her love for the out of doors and experience with the realities of living alongside the petroleum industry have led her to writing and activism focused on alternatives to our current energy industry. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Hendrix College in Arkansas and has a deep love for the forests and rivers of the southern United States. To read more of her writing please visit

Entries by Maya Lemon

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:13 AM

The sun feels good on my shoulders. The skin on my knees tingles from kneeling. My hands are stained orange by red dirt and my fingertips will be cracked and sore tonight.

In front of me is a tiny clump of grass. As I pull at it, blades come...

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The Climate Movement Needs to Stop 'Winning'

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 12:20 PM

As a child my favorite chore was hand-pumping water from the thirty-foot well on our family homestead. The pump was shiny black and the water ice-cold. Then my father was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer linked to chemicals used in oil and gas production. It's been nine years since I...

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'Pipeline Miracle' on Lake Superior

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:26 PM

At 8:45 a.m. CST, as my paddle dips in and out, wind pushes hair into my eyes, droplets of water glide across the surface of the lake. Under layers of neoprene, tucked into warmth and wet, the alarm on my watch goes off. As I pull off gloves, undo the...

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Arkansas Oil Spill: "I Just Feel So Helpless"

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 12:23 PM

"I just feel so helpless. We had a forum last week at school and people talked about what is going on but it's not like I can go and clean it up. I feel like we just sit around the cafeteria and talk about it and how helpless we feel....

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'Inconvenience' Isn't the Truth

(5) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 8:22 PM

There are a handful of places in this world that feel like home, places that blindfolded I would still be able to identify my location by touch, taste, sound, and smell. They are places with pine trees, sloping hills, screen doors that swell and squeak in the summer, air that...

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