Power Shift 2011

Photo by Shaw Thacher

Power Shift is the name of an annual youth summit which has been held in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other Power Shift Conferences are also being organised by members of the International Youth Climate Movement including Africa, Japan and India. The focus of the events is on climate change policy.

The first Powershift conference was held from November 2 to 5 2007, in Washington D.C, and was organised by the Energy Action Coalition.

The aim of the Power Shift Conferences is to build the youth climate movement in their respective nations, which is achieved through workshops, expert panel discussions, keynote speakers, and a lobby day or a “Day of Action” as it is alternatively known.” [Source: Wikipedia]

On April 18th 2011 about 10,000 youth leaders gathered at the White House, and rallied across Washington, DC, to kick off the next wave of grassroots action. The various speeches call for radical action on climate change.

Here’s a video compilation.

Van Jones who talks about shifting the Power, Shifting the Conversation to change America towards renewables for the poor, towards green jobs.

Bill McKibben ” We understand the physics and chemistry of political power. In this case, it’s not carbon dioxide that rules the day: it’s money. ”

The full transcript of the speech is here

Tim DeChristopher who was imprisoned for saving public lands from oil and gas companies. He’s featured in Grist.org in the article: As the climate crisis continues, who are we sending to jail? and the interview on his guilty verdict.

Video link here

Al Gore does an introduction to the event by saying:

“If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
Let’s start this movement and get it into high gear.”

Here is the transcription on this link

Photo by Shaw Thacher


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