Let's #SpringForward and reclaim our power.
Our politicians are failing us. The outcomes of the recent “historic” international climate negotiations in Paris last month do not put us on track to avoid the worst impacts of the already unfolding climate crisis, and the United States is largely responsible for the shortfall in global ambition. Meanwhile, the money of the corporate elite continues to drown out regular people’s voices in our democracy—threatening our rights, our communities, and silencing the call for a just and livable future on this planet.
But we can can reclaim our power and our future, starting now. While politicians drag their feet, bottom-up movements are winning real victories, shifting public opinion, and threatening the power of the status quo. We can shift the public narrative and build the power we need to win the policy changes necessary to transform our society and create a better country—and world—for all.
This Spring, youth leaders from around the country are moving beyond their campuses and communities. We are coming together for statewide convenings to lay the groundwork for building long-term movements to shift the political climate and activate a critical mass of the public to demand systemic change.
The “#SpringForward Strategy Summits” happening around the country will bring together dynamic youth activists in each state to:
- Make connections and build relationships;
- Create a shared understanding of local political landscapes with regards to the climate crisis and other progressive battles being fought in the state;
- Form or strengthen organized statewide networks to move the work forward;
- Map out the coming years and find opportunities to collaborate on exciting work in 2016 and beyond.
Young people have always been a bold, ambitious, and demanding force throughout the history of change in our country. We are already leaders in shutting down pipelines and coal plants, divesting our universities’ money from fossil fuel companies and other special interests, and fighting for social justice on campuses and in the streets.
We know that the change we need is bigger than any single pipeline or endowment. That’s the change we’re coming together to build this spring.
The bottom line: Our planet is under attack, and no one is coming to save us. We must do it ourselves, and we’re ready.