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:
1. GREEN JOBS NOW!
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
3. NO NEW COAL
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.