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Time For A Power Shift!

Robert Friedman

Posted September 26, 2013 in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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What does it take to get over 10,000 young people from all across the country together in one place around one cause? No, not Miley Cyrus twerking. Building a movement to make our communities more resilient in the face of the climate crisis? Ding ding ding.  From October 18 to the 21st, young climate activists from every state will descend on Pittsburgh for four action packed days of panels, workshops and movement building at Power Shift!

In this day and age of social media and online organizing, climate campaigning can sometimes feel like isolating work. That’s why Power Shift is vitally important for our movement.  It’s is an opportunity to meet up with old friends, make new ones and grow our campaigns, all under an umbrella of building a more sustainable future.  It’s also an chance to step away from the keyboard, to get into the streets and get loud. The climate movement is a living and breathing thing. Power Shift is a reminder to all of us of this fact. And that we're standing (and not just tweeting) together in solidarity to defend our futures, whether it’s through divesting our universities from the fossil fuel industry, defending our communities from fracking or stopping Keystone XL.

Click below for an awesome infographic explaining what Power Shift is all about, put together by the illustrious Energy Action Coalition, which convenes the biennial conference.ps13-infographic-final_blast.jpg

I’m excited to announce that NRDC will be at Power Shift in full force! Among other things, we’ll be hosting two panel discussions, one focused on Latino leadership in the climate debate and another on building a healthier food future.  We hope you join us there, it’s going to be huge.

See you in Pittsburgh in 22 days!

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