Power Shifts in Michigan

from Wildlife Promise

PS MI on steps of Capitol Over 300 young people and students showed up at Lansing last weekend for Power Shift Michigan, an event intended to give activists, students, and community members a chance to take action on climate issues. Power Shift events are also taking place in other states this fall, such as Virginia and Missouri, all following up from the national Power Shift conference and rally that took place at the beginning of the year and brought more than 12,000 young people to the U.S. Capitol.

During a rally on Sunday, October 11th, Michigan students marched to
the state capitol, carrying banners which said, “Senators Stabenow and
Levin: We Want Bold Climate Action Now” and “Michigan wants Green Jobs
Now.” Participants also signed hundreds of post cards and wrote letters
to the two Senators, telling them that the youth of Michigan want
strong, comprehensive climate legislation in 2009.

Not content with carrying signs, students also incorporated community service projects into the weekend's activities: 

  • A bike co-op was started for the City of Lansing: two days after
    the conference the Power Shift committee was told that people have
    already begun to use the co-op for alternative transportation methods
  • An urban garden was planted that the Michigan State University students will help maintain
  • GreenNation was launched to address social equity through the green movement

Speakers in attendance included: Jerome Ringo, President of Apollo Alliance; Jessy Tolkan, Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition; Sam Singh, past mayor of East Lansing; Reverend D. Alexander Bullock , NAACP; Congressman Mark Schauer; and Kali Fox, Senator Stabenow’s Regional Manager.

Power Shift Michigan was covered by The Collegiate, Central Michigan Life, BusinessLansing, The State News, WLNS, and The Detroit News. The Power Shift Michigan site also has video uploads and blog entries about the event.