The second Power Shift West is happening November 4-6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. (For a full description of what Power Shift West is all about, see our previous blog post.) Volunteers and bottom-liners are still needed to organize the conference, and we at the CCN strongly encourage people to sign up for a team.
Below are contacts for each of the organizers; please get in touch with them or fill out the volunteer interest form. Thanks and see you soon at Power Shift West!
Across the country a bold movement is emerging to demand a clean and sustainable future. People of all ages and backgrounds are coming together to show industry and politicians that we will not let our country continue its dangerous addiction to fossil fuels and youth are at the forefront. Whether it is in DC resisting the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline, in Appalachia resisting the destructive process of mountaintop removal or in cities resisting the placement of toxic industries near low-income communities our generation is taking a crucial role in this process.
In the Pacific Northwest, we face numerous and complex problems. There is the export of coal to Asian markets, the expansion of clear cutting in ancient forests, the importation of tar sands equipment, unsustainable food systems, close ties between industry and politicians, and the ongoing inequity in the distribution of environmental harm in our own communities. Yet we also know how powerful we are when we come together as a movement. Youth environmental activists have been victorious in gradually phasing out coal plants, defeating LNG export terminals, and passing some of the boldest climate legislation in the country.
That is why on November 4th-6th, members of the youth environmental movement from up and down the west coast are going to Eugene for Power Shift West. The weekend long conference will have speakers, panels, skill building workshops and opportunities to network with other leaders of the youth climate movement. We gather to deepen our understanding of the systems that are destroying the environment and to develop tools to dismantle those systems and construct equitable and sustainable alternatives.
We demand a viable future where the health of our communities and our land is put above the profit of corporations. Come join us and be part of this growing movement.
Get involved today by registering to join us at Power Shift West.
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