Trainings

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.

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Over the summer, SoS Iowa City, Iowa has been working on revitalizing Iowa City through eco-education, solar schools, and sustainability. 

The Solar Schools project has contacted and met with school board members in the Iowa City Community School District.  We hope to get on the school board agenda for the next meeting this summer, where we can present our Power Purchase Agreement materials, energy savings and project outline. We are currently calculating the energy savings cost for specific schools in the Iowa City Community School District.

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As I was saying my final goodbyes to my new and old friends on the Sunday evening of Power Shift 2011, a very familiar feeling stirred inside me.  It wasn’t the first time I’d had this feeling.  I felt it as I walked through the frozen slush on the sidewalks of DC in 2009, with thousands of young people screaming chants in the cold.   I even felt it as I was leaving College Park in the fall of 2007, after attending my very first workshop on climate change.

It’s the inevitable, inescapable, and undeniable feeling that the time I just spent in the midst of this amazing movement wasn’t enough.  A single weekend isn’t enough for Power Shift.  If we want this movement to be based on connections, on how our stories intertwine with the stories of our neighbors near and far, we have to acknowledge that Power Shift is only the beginning.

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