Power Shift 2011

       Last week, 10,000 young
    leaders converged on DC to stand up for our future. 

Today, Make BP Pay flashmobs are happening across the country! Check the map and add an action in your town.

Follow the action on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and the Power Shift blog.

April 15 - 18

Washington DC

We have one hundred meetings set up with U.S. Congressional offices. That’s right -- one hundred different meetings set up with your representatives. This April, we’ll tell them what matters to us. We’ll show up at the offices of climate deniers like Inhofe and Upton and we’ll pass our message along.

Congress might be at recess, but we aren’t playing around.

In 2007, we swarmed the halls of Congress in our green hard hats and told our elected officials what they needed to hear -- youth were calling for a clean and just energy future. In 2009, we wore our green t-shirts (and the hard hats) and participated in the largest lobby day on a single issue in U.S. History. We demanded that they cut carbon emissions and pass strong climate legislation.

Now, in April 2011, we will hold another historic Power Shift conference and another historic lobby day. We will spend the weekend building our movement, and on Monday, April 18, we will fill the halls of Congress to demand that our elected officials protect our clean air and clean water.

Tonight: Organizing for a Greener Michigan

Power Shift Grand RapidsGuest post by Alexandra Costakis, Climate and Clean Energy Organizer, National Wildlife Federation

This Friday 3/18 at 7pm in the John F. Donnelly Conference Center, Aquinas College is hosting a city-wide Power Shift 2011 event for students and community members across Western Michigan.

College students from the greater Grand Rapids are hoping to get the most out of their experience at the Power Shift conference this year and are coming together to consolidate their efforts and look to building local campaigns and projects that will make the city a more sustainable and green place. The event this Friday represents the first step toward this goal.

Grand Rapids second ward city commissioner Ruth Kelly will be starting out the event with some inspirational words and ideas for how students in the area can get involved with the city’s next green project. Group breakouts immediately following the speakers will allow attendees to talk further about their goals for the city and what skills and knowledge they hope to bring back from the Power Shift conference.

Lisa Jackson answers your questions on Mercury and Air Toxics

Live Chat with Lisa JacksonThis morning, EPA Administrator (and Power Shift 2011 speaker!) Lisa P. Jackson sat down and took questions about the Mercury and Air Toxics Proposal from citizens, including some Green Corps and Power Shift organizers. [Watch the full-length video or read our highlights of the chat below.]

Yesterday, the EPA released a Mercury and Air Toxics Standards proposal -- the first to recommend national limits on mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, and acid gasses emitted from coal and oil-powered plants.

By enacting this plan and regulating these toxics, the EPA estimates the plan will will prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year, as well as prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. It's one of the largest steps forward in protecting kids from toxic air pollution in a generation.

The Most Powerful Organizing Training in History

When was the first time you realized you were part of something bigger and had the power to create change?

I realized it 8 years ago in March 2003 when our government invaded Iraq. Sickened by the lies and violence I knew I had to do something. So I started organizing my fellow students at the University of Kansas, holding demonstrations, debates, and teach-ins. But despite my best efforts I alone couldn't end the war so I vowed to prevent the next one and keep us from sending our nation's youth into harms way to defend our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels.