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At 5pm, on April 9, a diverse coalition of 200 high school and college youth leaders in central New York will rally from the Ithaca Commons to the Tompkins County courthouse lip-dub style to present to the Ithaca City Mayor Peterson, other elected officials, and candidates for mayor signed petitions demanding an 80% cut in greenhouse gasses by 2050 and a just and sustainable community.

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It's the final day of the UN Climate Talks in Bangkok and the buzz here isn't about the progress being made on a global treaty (not much), but about Power Shift.

Well, ok, to be honest, most delegates probably don't know about the conference coming up in DC next weekend, but if all goes well, they will soon. After all, when it comes to saving the planet, the discussions and work that goes on in DC at Power Shift will be just as essential as the debates raging here at the UN.

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Hey Everybody,
You might know that i've been working to help young people from Kentucky and West Virginia come to Power Shift, the largest youth conference on environmental organizing in the world.

There are so many amazing environmental bad asses in Appalachia  that would love to come if it wasn't for one thing...Money.

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I am having problems viewing the workshops I have chosen to add to my schedule. Is anyone else having this problem? Has anyone had this problem and resolved it? Thanks for your help. 

Sincerely, 

Jena

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Mateo

April 6, 2011
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Help the UofA out!

April 6, 2011

Hello all you Power-Shifters!

The time is rapidly approaching, and we at the University of Arizona are still a tad bit short on funding to pay for our plane tickets over there! As a result, we have made 14 T-Shirt designs which we are selling to raise some extra $$$ on this website: 

http://videh.com/index.php?main_page=products_new

Please check them out, and if you feel so inclined, order one or two! If you want to get them on time, I'd suggest placing the order by this weekend (4/10).

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Things have been heating up in Michigan over the past few months, especially here in the Sixth Congressional District. Michiganders are tired of the status quo in Michigan, everything from runaway dirty energy politicians to constant attacks on education funding. Students and communities are not taking it lightly and have been coordinating a fight for our own rights to breath clean air, drink clean water, and to live in healthy, vibrant communities. If you haven't heard, Congressman Fred Upton, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee has proposed massive attacks on the EPA, including budget cuts and limitations of their authority to regulate carbon emissions and clean air.

Congressman Upton hasn't always been this way; historically a moderate and supporter of nuclear energy, elected to represent Michigan's Sixth District since 1987. Any reputation as a moderate quickly vanished during the 2010 elections when he accepted campaign contributions from Koch Industries and more dirty energy companies than ever. Upton's constituents are not necessarily going along with this change in views, recent polls of his district by NRDC show nearly 62% of them disagree with his dismantling of the EPA by reducing their enforcement on carbon dioxide and other pollutants. The survey also found 67% of his constituents agree that "Congress should let the EPA do its job". We won't stand for it.

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Connectivity

March 28, 2011

How awesome is this oppurtunity 

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Hey guys,

So I have developed a huge BEEF with natural gas and people referring to it as clean, and safe. Natural gas extraction/fracking is terrible. Watch this movie and get the truth behind: Gasland

http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/

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My Power Shift Story

March 25, 2011

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.

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