PowerShift is coming to Halifax/K'jipuktuk, Mi'kmaqi Territory March 28-31 2014.
PowerShift Atlantic is a gathering organized by youth for youth that focuses on climate justice. We will bring together 500 youth from diverse backgrounds to learn, develop their skills and build the movement for climate, environmental and social justice.
From mass mobilizations throughout North Africa and the Middle East, to Occupy Wall Street, the Quebec Student movement and Idle No More, ordinary people have emerged and set the stage for much needed changes to today’s economic, social and political landscape. Their movements have re-kindled a fire, an appetite for greater justice, and a desire for a more equal and collaborative society.
In this pivotal time, we have also seen a resurgence of the climate justice movement. We've felt the emergence and growth of resistance to the tar sands, fracking and pipelines, led by First Nations across Canada. We've watched the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline grow in the United States, and a global movement taking on fracking take off. Unions and workers are demanding green jobs and frontline communities are mobilizing against projects that threaten the land and water that effect their daily realities. There is a growing movement standing up against the fossil fuel industry and demanding a safe and just climate future.
Youth have been at the forefront of these movements leading change. We are a generation with the power to change the impossible. We are unafraid to speak out, take powerful action and challenge not only the problems we see in the world, but work for the solutions that we know are possible. We're ready for change, and together we can make it happen.
Already in a struggle to stop a major fracking push, the Maritimes is now being eyed as the newest port for massive proposed tar sands projects. The Energy East project, nearly twice the size of Keystone XL, would transform the East Coast into a gateway for tar sands exports. Communities across Atlantic Canada are coming together to stop natural gas exploration, fracking waste disposal, and offshore drilling. Meanwhile, the pursuit of dirty energy projects is driving legislation that destroys environmental protection and threatens the rights of communities across. We can stand up to the fossil fuel giants that want to expand tar sands, build thousands of new fracking wells, and keep us away from a just and sustainable future.
Student debt and youth unemployment are at an all time high, while governments and corporations threaten the rights of workers. Inequality is on the rise, but we know that a sustainable planet can also produce millions of climate jobs and a fair economy. Renewable energy production around the globe has never been higher. More wind and solar power is being installed every single day, and new technologies to make renewable energy more efficient and affordable are being developed week after week. An energy revolution is underway, and its time for us to catch up. We can shift our economy not only to address climate change, but to build a more resilient and just society.
Coming on the heels of the Quebec Student and Idle No More Movements, the time has come to embolden the growing movement for a just and sustainable future. PowerShift Atlantic will bring hundreds of youth to Halifax to spark new momentum for climate and economic justice.
The fact is, we need to build a louder, more active and more unified movement. PowerShift Atlantic will launch campaigns and actions across the maritimes and connect with the growing network of PowerShift organizers and connected campaigns across Canada.
This is a crisis that we can solve, It takes people uniting and raising their voices. It will take me. It will take you. It will take us.