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Power Shift: Repowering Our Future
PowerShift 2009 was an exhilarating success this past weekend, when youth from across the country met to express their message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Capitol Hill.
12,000 young people converged in Washington, DC for a series of workshops, trainings, spontaneous rallies and a rallying lobby day.
The Power Shift weekend was kicked off at the Walter E. Washington Conference Center in DC by a series of keynote speakers. Headliners included Reps. Ed Markey (D–MA.) and Donna Edwards (D-MD), the band The Roots, members of indigenous communities, and students representing all 50 states. The crowd was full of energy and committed to tackling our generation’s greatest challenge.
The west lawn of the Capitol building was a sea of green hard hats on Monday. Power Shift participants met with their elected officials all day to lobby for comprehensive climate legislation this year.