Powershift 2007 – Students Lobby for Bold Climate Change Legislation

By Lorna Li
Climate change activism has taken to the streets this weekend. Saturday November 3rd was the National Day of Climate Action, which saw hundreds of student rallies on campuses across the nation.
On Monday, November 5th, 3,000 students will descend upon Capitol Hill for the largest youth lobby on global warming ever – Power Shift 2007. Tomorrow, students will demand of Congress a bold and comprehensive climate change legislation that will put America back on the path to a clean and just energy future.
On this day, these youth will deliver an action-oriented, concrete proposal to move our country forward, based on the comprehensive priorities of the 1Sky campaign:
Create 5 million green jobs conserving 20% of our energy by 2015
2. CUT CARBON 80% BY 2050
Freeze carbon pollution levels now and cut at least 30% by 2020
Enact an immediate moratorium on new coal-fired power plants

Furthermore, they will highlight the most important bills on climate change that are currently on the table in Congress. They are:
Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act
Senate Energy Bill
Waxman Safe Climate Act

House Energy Bill
Powershift 2007 is an initiative of the Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of more than 40 youth-led organizations from across the US and Canada with the intention to support and strengthen the student and youth clean energy movement in North America.
With hundreds of workshops, dozens of panels, and leading experts and advocates, Power Shift 2007 intends to arm a generation of young people to ensure that by 2009, the U.S. passes a powerful, national plan to stop global warming. The goals of this plan include a strong, clean energy economy, achieve energy independence, create millions of green jobs, increase global equity, and revitalize the American economy.

How can you support the students of Powershift?

Send a petition to Congress that calls for a strong, clean Energy Bill for 2007 that includes better fuel efficiency and more renewable electricity.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.