By Caroline Selle, Power Shift 2011 Fellow
Remember Power Shift 2009? The hallways of the DC Convention Center were flooded with thousands of people from all across the country. In our bright green shirts, we attended hundreds of trainings and workshops and rocked out to performances by Santigold and the Roots.
UPDATE: New dates! New venue! Power Shift 2011 will take place April 15-18th at the Washington Convention Center. Check out the new Power Shift site to register or get more info.
St. Louis, Missouri is ground zero for corporate dirty energy. Two of the nation's largest coal companies, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal have been running the town for decades, but there's about to be a showdown...
This Saturday at over 700 locations across the country people are joining hands against offshore drilling. Oil has been gushing into the Gulf for over 60 days, it's time to take our stand!
Despite the spill, every year we give Big Oil $10 billion in handouts. That money should be directed towards clean energy investments that can move us beyond oil and provide a needed economic boost to the Gulf.
Today is an exciting day - we have a new website!
This site has been a long time in the making. Thanks to everyone who provided thoughts and ideas for what we've created. The site has been intentionally designed so that we can expand on it, adding new features and content, so please continue to contribute as we move forward!
Please take some time to check out the site, and send along any feedback. A couple of things to be sure not to miss:
On Our Way to Defining Our Decade – Hundreds of Communities, and Thousands of Leaders On Their Way to 100% Clean Electricity
In the past two weeks, hundreds of communities had discussions and took action to begin to define our decade with clean energy.
This post comes from Erika Zarowin and the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition.
Over the next six weeks, the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition and young people across the state of Ohio, will be working to “make green a primary color.” We are working to define our decade by putting energy and climate concerns in the middle of the political discussion, and by building support for a clean energy economy that can solve our economic and environmental crises.
The discussions about how to Define Our Decade are taking off in communities around the country. The Weeks of Action are coming up in 2 weeks, but already young people are having discussions about how they want to define their decade, and taking action to make it happen; this past week dozens of young people turned out at a student-called hearing at Michigan State University. While preparing for the hearing, they had a discussion about what they want to see in the next decade, and then the next day hit the streets calling for MSU to be powered by 100% clean energy by 2020.
All of this comes at a time when the U.S. Senate continues to try to figure out how to proceed with climate and energy legislation. In a Sunday op-ed penned by Thomas Friedman titled “How the G.O.P. Goes Green,” one of the leading figures in crafting legislation, Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina acknowledged that he is inspired to take up climate and energy legislation because of young people on college campuses. Graham correctly points out that young voters are driven by deeply-held environmental values, and more lawmakers would be wise to wake up to this, but Graham’s solutions of nuclear and offshore oil-drilling are both counter to our values and economic interests. Every dollar spent on the dirty energy economy, is a dollar that could have created more jobs in the clean energy economy we must create. That’s why in the coming month it’s essential that we, as the Millennial Generation, further define what our vision for a clean energy economy really is.
Already dozens of events are being hosted around the country that will help us do just that. Check out the event registration page for the full listing and see a couple of highlights below:
- At Pennsylvania State University they’ll be constructing the “Foundation of Our Future,” a big art installation that students can write about there demands for clean energy on.
- An open-mic at Murray State Univ (KY) for people to share poetry and vision for the decade!
- Define Our Decade Vermont Kick-off! On the heels of the Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant decision, and two-years before it’s close date, students at Middlebury College are going to launch their initiative to get a statewide commitment for 100% clean energy!
- Events across the Buckeye State to support Power Vote Ohio in Making Green a Primary Color – they want clean energy candidates to define their future!