Monday, January 31, 2011

Power Shift 2011

The Green Youth Revolution at UIC is planning on being at Power Shift 2011 in DC this April. Join them on their journey to make a difference by helping promote and fund raise for the event!

The Energy Action Coalition is hosting Power Shift 2011 in Washington DC April 15th-18th at the Washington Convention Center.

Thousands of young people will converge for Power Shift to create a vision to take the climate change movement forward, learning from and training one-another on campaigns and tactics. They will have the opportunity to take bold action to create a clean energy economy. Together they will create a Power Shift by coming together behind new campaigns, supporting community projects, and making their voices heard in Washington, DC through a lobby day and taking mass creative action.

To get an idea of what to expect at Power Shift 2011, here is the policies created at the last Power Shift in 2009:

For the Power Shift 2009 Summit, we built a lobbying platform that encompassed our generations demands of political leaders. To conclude the summit, 6,000 of us stormed Capitol Hill for the largest lobby day in history. Check out our platform below:

1. Cut Carbon Pollution Dramatically and Immediately
  • Reduce global warming pollution by the targets science tells us are necessary: 40% below 1990 levels by 2020; and 80%-95% below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • Set an aggressive cap on carbon immediately. If a cap-and-auction mechanism is chosen, 100% of pollution allowances must be auctioned. Any revenue generated from this cap must be used to address the climate crisis in a just and equitable way; none of this money should go to polluting industries.
  • Conserve and restore the world’s forests, ecosystems, and carbon sinks, which are the best natural defense in a warming world.
2. Invest in a Green Economy
  • Create 5 million new jobs through investments in clean energy
  • Develop a “Clean Energy Corps” to create service, training, and job opportunities in the clean energy economy
  • Train a generation of workers and volunteers to build our clean energy future and help communities adapt to the already changing climate
3. Power our Future With Clean Energy, not Dirty Fuels
  • We see a future powered by clean, renewable energy like wind, solar, and geothermal; 100% of our electricity should come from these sources, and we should invest in sustainable transit and energy efficienc
  • End our dependence on dirty energy by enacting a moratorium on financing and development of new coal and nuclear plants, and oil shale and tar sands infrastructure
  • Immediately begin phasing out dirty and dangerous energy sources and methods of extraction, while also ensuring a just transition for affected workers and communities
4. Lead the World to a Clean and Equitable Energy Future
  • Work with other nations to reach a strong new global climate treaty in Copenhagen that puts us on track to reduce carbon below 350 parts per million
  • Assist vulnerable communities and developing countries in the transition to low-carbon economies and with adaptation to the changing climate

RSVP for Power Shift 2011 at the Facebook event page!
Power Shift 2011!

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