On Nov. 2, 2007, thousands of students and youth will come together in D.C. for Power Shift, the first-ever national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. With all 50 states represented, youth will engage on solutions to global warming and how to put solutions into practice. 5,500 students and youth are expected to attend Power Shift, making it the largest summit of climate activists of any age (as far as we know).
But Power Shift is more than just a major event. It’s about starting a movement. To that end, Power Shift’s agenda includes issue briefings from leading scientists and policy experts, dozens of training sessions, an opportunities fair, and additional networking opportunities, all designed to connect young leaders and use their collective experience to focus action on America’s greener, more prosperous future.
Thousands of Power Shift participants will also attend the Nov. 5 Lobby Day to meet with senators and representatives and their staff to promote the “1Sky” Climate Initiative and send a clear signal to Congress that today’s youth won’t accept compromises with their future.
Power Shift is also the largest event taking part in the nationwide Step It Up day of action on November 3rd. At the Lobby Day, Power Shift participants will take photos and stories from Step it Up events back in their home districts with them into the offices of their senators and representatives.
More information, agenda and registration for Power Shift are available at www.powershift07.org and information on Energy Action Coalition is available at www.energyaction.net.
Check out It’s Getting Hot In Here for coverage of Power Shift over the weekend and for regular dispatches from the youth climate movement.
Media and blog coverage of Power Shift 2007 and the youth climate movement:
OregonLive: “University of Portland senior on fire to fight global warming” 11/1/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Majora Carter Says Showing Up Is MORE Than Half the Battle” 11/1/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Step It Up, Power Shift and 1 Sky: a United Movement” 11/1/07
DiamondBack (Univ of MD): “Pelosi to visit campus Saturday” 11/1/07
The Ithacan: “Shifting Power: Ithaca College students plan to tackle global warming in Washington D.C.” 11/1/07
Breakthrough Blog: “Student Climate Movement Needs a Breakthrough” 10/31/07
Daily Kos (Diary by A. Siegel): “Opportunities to act … What are you doing this weekend?” 10/31/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “What Would Our Climate Policy Look Like” 10/31/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Michael Shellenbeger Says It’s Time for a Breakthrough on Climate Change (Part 2)” 10/31/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Michael Shellenbeger Says It’s Time for a Breakthrough on Climate Change (Part 1)” 10/30/07
Environmental Law Prof Blog: “Power Shift 2007″ 10/30/07
Orlando Sentinel: “UFC students heading to global warming conference this week” 10/30/07
DailyKos (Diary by the Cunctator): “Power Shift: Beginning of the Climate Change Movement?” 10/30/07
GreenRightNow.com: “Power Shift 2007: More Power To Ya” 10/30/07
GristMill: “Making a power shift: Students organize summit on climate change” 10/30/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Bill McKibben Says It’s Time to “Organize, Organize Organize” for a Cleaner Future” 10/29/07 (Interview with author, educator, and StepItUp co-founder, Bill McKibben)
The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon Univ): “Students to attend eco-confernece” 10/29/07
New Moon blog: “Power Shift, Part One” 10/29/07 (Interview with Power Shift organizer, Shadia Wood)
Climate Progress: “Solidarity with Power Shift and Step It Up 2007″ 10/28/07
Santa Barbara News-Press/Scripps-Howard News Service: “Students to lobby for action on climate change” 10/28/07
Alternet: “Who are the real leaders on climate change?” 10/27/07
The Ithacan: “Students Lobby for Global Awareness” 10/25/07
Energy Smart: “Shifting Power, Stepping It Up, Confronting a Warming Globe” 10/24/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Watch Out for the Echo-Boom: Why Politicians Had Better Start Paying Attention to the Millennial Generation” 10/24/07
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Generation Anything-But-Quiet: Just Wait for the Noise at Power Shift 2007!” 10/22/07
The Nation: “The Making of a Climate Movement” 10/7/07
CNN Video: Interview with Summer Rayne Oakes, 23-year old “eco-model” and climate activist. 9/24/07
PBS: The Online News Hour: Generation Next: “Young Entrepreneurs Target Global Warming” 9/18/07