PRESS RELEASE: Millennials and Environmental Activists to Converge on Philadelphia to Demand Climate Action
Ahead of DNC, hundreds of young people will take over the trains and streets to call on decision-makers to swiftly transition our country to a renewable energy economy
PHILADELPHIA— On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, hundreds of students and young people will converge on Philadelphia for Power Shift 2016 Northeast on July 23 & 24, a convergence at Temple University focused on training the next generation of activists to mobilize to stop catastrophic climate change and fight for a clean energy economy. Attendees will take over the trains and streets of Philadelphia, traveling from Temple University to City Hall, to challenge decision-makers who have embraced a dangerous status quo of fossil fuel expansion and inaction on climate for far too long
An overwhelming majority of Americans under 35 believe the United States should transition to mostly clean renewable energy by 2030, according to a recent poll by Rock the Vote and USA Today.
Since the first Power Shift in 2007, the convergences have trained and inspired a movement of young climate and environmental activists. At the last Power Shift in 2013, thousands convened in Pittsburgh to confront corporations and elected officials for financing fossil fuels and fracking. In 2016, a critical year for the climate and American democracy, four regionally-focused Power Shifts are taking place from coast to coast. This weekend’s gathering in Philadelphia will be the first of the four.
“In order to secure a livable future for our generation, we need to a grassroots movement that’s equipped to win strategic local fights,” said Lydia Avila, Executive Director of the Power Shift Network, the organization behind Power Shift. “Each regional Power Shift will be focused on lifting up the climate and environmental justice issues affecting American communities today—from coal ash and fracking in Pennsylvania to toxic power plants in Rhode Island.”
On Sunday, the Power Shift Network will officially launch, changing its name from Energy Action Coalition to reflect a deepened commitment to investing in a decentralized, grassroots youth-led climate justice movement.
After the close of the conference on Sunday afternoon, hundreds of Power Shift attendees will occupy SEPTA trains in a Ride for a Clean Energy Revolution to demand a just, clean energy-powered democracy. The riders will arrive at the subway portal on the southwest corner of Penn Square and South Broad Street at 12:30 PM on Sunday before joining the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, expected to bring thousands to the streets of Philadelphia to call for a halt to the reckless expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and swift action to invest in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.
The Power Shift Network, formerly known as Energy Action Coalition, is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that mobilizes the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all.