From Oct. 26 to 29, 1,000 youth from across the country will converge at Power Shift 2012 in Ottawa to galvanize a broad movement pushing the federal government to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and tackle the corporations that are fueling climate change. The Power Shift 2012 convergence kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26. It includes a press conference on Saturday morning, and culminates on Monday, Oct. 29 with a massive rally demanding the federal government stop handing out $1.4 billion yearly to the fossil fuel industry and invest instead in renewable energy, green jobs and social programs. “We are coming together to envision a society that prioritizes the health and well-being of all communities, now and into the future, and respects the limits of ecological systems. We are tired of governments and corporations who pit economic growth and the environment against each other. Addressing the climate crisis requires a re-distribution of power, in order to bring about a more equitable society,” said Kathryn Lennon, an Alberta organizer and spokesperson for Power Shift 2012.
The four-day gathering will include keynote lectures from activist Naomi Klein, American Indian activist Winona LaDuke, and 350.org founder Bill McKibben, among others. Those attending can also take part in panels and workshops and activist trainings in civil disobedience and lobbying. For more information go to http://www.wearepowershift.ca/