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St. Lawrence students at the Capitol for Power Shift '09


St. Lawrence students on campus, before leaving for Power Shift '09

About 50 St. Lawrence University students participated in the national Power Shift 2009 conference held in Washington, DC, Feb. 28-March 2. The conference is a youth summit on climate change.

Estimates state that 12,000 young leaders participated in Power Shift 2009, in an attempt to "demand the President and Congress pass bold, just climate and energy policy in 2009 that dramatically reduces emissions, creates millions of green jobs and repowers America with 100 percent clean energy." Despite a snow storm that paralyzed much of Washington, the four-day event concluded with a day full of hundreds of lobby visits and a rally with more than 3,000 youth on Capitol Hill. Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming presided over a congressional briefing later in the day, where young people testified about the need for Congress to take bold action this year.

"Just as the youth of America turned out in record numbers to elect a new President and transform Congress in the last election, they turned out in record numbers to take our rightful seat at the political table," said Jessy Tolkan, director of Power Shift organizer Energy Action Coalition. "This year's participation is twice as big and twice as energetic as our last gathering in 2007. We stand at a critical point in our nation's history, ready to work with our new leadership to pass bold climate and energy policies. We won't allow this moment to pass us by."

More: The Power Shift 2009 Web site

Posted: March 4, 2009


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