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Marcie Smith

Marcie Smith, a Richmond, Kentucky native, joined the Institute for Environmental Security in 2008, where she completed research regarding Madagascar's expanding extractive sector and its impact on environmental security.

She is a current student at Transylvania University anticipating a B.A. in International Affairs and French with Environmental Studies in August 2009.

In 2006, Marcie founded Transylvania's environmental action group TERRA, which has gone on to receive national media attention for its work advancing environmental justice in Kentucky. In 2007, she helped found the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, one of the first coalitions of its kind in the U.S. Currently, she is a member of U.S. Youth Delegation to the UNFCCC representing the U.S. NGO SustainUS. Within this role, she focuses on negotiations surrounding the reduction of emissions from global deforestation in the developing world.

In 2009, she was solicited to testify before Congress on the need for bold, just federal climate legislation, the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining, the security implications of climate change, and the need for constructive U.S. leadership in the UNFCCC negotiation process. In addition to her advocacy work, she has interned for Congressman Ben Chandler in the U.S. House of Representatives, has initiated independent research on the coincidence of ecoviolence and gendercide, and has studied ecology, local environmental law, and mining code modernization in Madagascar.

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