Nicole Cairns

Organization: Online Deputy Director, Power Shift
Location: Washington, DC

Nicole Cairns's Posts

Day 1 Roundup!

To me, Power Shift is about the online/offline connection organizers have to the environmental movement. We use high-tech equipment -- cell phones, computers, iPads, video equipment -- and rapidly advancing technologies to capture this movement and report back to each other and our communities.

Online organizing, and the advancement of these technologies within the movement, is a big part of Power Shift at its core. Many of you are here because you received an email or saw a tweet or a Facebook update. You're connecting with each other on Twitter and becoming Facebook friends creating a nationwide network of youth climate leaders.

Coal is over, let's go solar!

A lot is happening at Power Shift right now.

Right now, organizers have broken out into sessions discussing everything from community organizing to fix environmental disasters in New Orleans to using social media for environmental organizing to a panel discussing efforts the White House is making to better our environment.

In the midst of it all, Power Shift-ers have already begun to take action. This afternoon about 100 activists gathered on the stairs of the Convention Center chanting, "Coal is over, let's go solar" and "Ain't no power like the power of the people, 'cause the power of the people don't stop!"


Watch the video we gathered as they took to the main lobby of the Convention Center.

Split Estate: What you don't know CAN hurt you

Tonight (Saturday) at 6:15pm in HALL B, join Reel Power for a SPECIAL SCREENING of SPLIT ESTATE with director Debra Anderson.

You may think you own your land – but do you own the resources underneath it? How can it be possible for an energy company to begin drilling on your land—200 feet from your house—without obtaining your approval?

It’s more than possible: It’s happening. People in the Rocky Mountain West are struggling against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. Split Estate, an Emmy-winning documentary film, follows the ravages of “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, across the West.