March 25, 2011

My Power Shift Story

Hi, I am Jomar Floyd, a senior majoring in Health Care Management with a concentration in Long Term Care at Florida A&M University.

Two years ago, from February 27 to March 2, 2009, 11,000 young leaders from around the world proactively participated by making a voyage to Washington, D.C for Power Shift 09. We petitioned for the President and Congress rebuild our economy and secure our future by passing bold, just climate and energy policies that prioritize jobs and renewable energy. Van Jones, the founder of Green for All, was in attendance to speak about “green collar jobs” and how young people will be agents of change in this 21st century.

I was fortunate enough to make this trip despite funds being cut from state universities and colleges. I’m a proactive member of the FAMU Green Coalition in Tallahassee, FL at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

This educational excursion was an astounding event for me as well as for others in attendance. I attended different workshops that presented vital information with regards to environmental justice, green jobs, the economy, and the health of the community. Meanwhile, I’ve been more involved than ever since attending Power Shift 09.

This year we’re bringing 46 students to Power Shift 2011 to go before Congress and demand clean, renewable energy for the state of Florida and the entire U.S. Leaders on our campus have hosted workshops, a Get Out the Vote rally at the capital, and registered students to vote for clean energy this past  semester in conjunction with the Power Vote campaign.

This semester, we've shifted a lot of our focus on organizing students to Power Shift 2011. We look forward to network and lobbying with other leaders from Florida and other states.