Powershift 2012: 1000 youth in Ottawa to demand justice

by: We Are Powershift | Published Oct. 26, 2012

From October 26 to October 29, 1000 youth from across the country will converge at Power Shift 2012 in Ottawa to galvanize a broad movement pushing the federal government to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and tackle the corporations that are fueling climate change, building on the momentum of the tar sands pipeline protests on the west coast and the Maple Spring movement in Quebec.

The Power Shift 2012 convergence kicks off on Friday, October 26th, includes a press conference on Saturday morning, and culminates on Monday, October 29th with a massive rally demanding the federal government stop handing out $1.4 billion yearly to the fossil fuel industry and invest instead in renewable energy, green jobs and social programs.

“We are coming together to envision a society that prioritizes the health and well-being of all communities, now and into the future, and respects the limits of ecological systems. We are tired of governments and corporations who pit economic growth and the environment against each other. Addressing the climate crisis requires a re-distribution of power, in order to bring about a more equitable society,” said Kathryn Lennon, an Alberta organizer and spokesperson for Power Shift 2012.

The four-day convergence will include many media opportunities:

●      Keynote lectures by Naomi Klein, Winona LaDuke, Bill McKibben and many others

●      Panels and workshops, and activist trainings in civil disobedience and lobbying

●      A day of action when a thousand youth and many others will join a ‘Trick or Treat’ March for Climate Justice, demanding an end to the yearly handout of $1.4 billion in taxpayer money to the richest, dirtiest corporations in the world

About Power Shift 2012

Power Shift 2012 is organized by a broad coalition of groups including representatives from labour unions, environmental groups, student associations, Indigenous organizations, and grassroots networks.

For more information visit:  http://www.wearepowershift.ca

For a media backgrounder visit: http://www.wearepowershift.ca/node/4509

RELATED: The Canadian Progressive covers Power Shift 2012

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