History of Power Shift

Power Shift 2007

In November 2007, the Coalition convened the first national youth climate summit at Power Shift 2007. More than 6,000 young people from all 50 states gathered at the University of Maryland on the outskirts of Washington, DC for a weekend of training, action and inspiration. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Ed Markey recognized the growing movement, addressing the 6,000 young people gathered at U-MD. It was here that Van Jones, founder of Green For All and future White House Advisor, and other environmental justice leaders captivated a generation with a vision of creating millions of green jobs for our country and restoring economic and environmental justice. Exactly one year before the 2008 elections, young people returned to their campuses and communities ready to rally for a clean energy economy in the upcoming elections.

Power Shift 2009

Young people recognize that change doesn't end on Election Day. In February 2009, an unprecedented 12,000 young people descended on Washington, DC for Power Shift 2009, representing every state and Congressional District in the country. The summit gained notice from prominent political figures like EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, as well as leaders in the environmental movement such as John Podesta, Major Carter, Jerome Ringo and Van Jones. Over 6,000 young people went to Capitol Hill for the largest citizen lobby day in history, and thousands more participated in the Capitol Climate Action, a successful demonstration to shut down the Capitol's coal-fired power plant.