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Have a question about PowerShift Atlantic? Check out this list, you'll probably find an answer in here! If you don't you can email us at atlantic@ourclimate.ca and we'll try out best to figure it out!

ABOUT POWERSHIFT

What is PowerShift? PowerShift is project that started in 2007 in the United States, and first came to Canada in 2009. It is a youth led organizing effort to bring together people from a diversity of backgrounds and communities to build a movement for climate and environmental justice. Between October 2013 and October 2015 we will hold six PowerShift gatherings across Canada to connect and grow our movement while building skills and strategies for collective action.  

Has PowerShift Happened Before? Yes, in 2009 and 2012 in Ottawa then in 2013 in Victoria BC. There was also a 2 month tour called PowerSummer in 2011 which help 6 training camps across Canada. 

Who Organizes PowerShift? PowerShift is a project of OurClimate.ca - the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and is organized with a wide range of partner organizations. In addition, we have a growing team of volunteers and grassroots organizers from across the country who are playing a vital role in making PowerShift a reality.

Why is PowerShift in Halifax? This is the second of six planned regional PowerShifts we want to make happen across Canada, we chose to move away from National PowerShifts in order to empower a coast to coast to coast movement and work more closely with communities on the ground. We made the choice to hold the next PowerShift in Halifax for a number of reasons, but felt the East Coast is an important place to build movement power in the coming years. 

Can I come to PowerShift Atlantic if I’m in high school? Absolutely! PowerShift is open to everyone, including high schoolers. All the sessions will be open to everyone no matter what your age or experience, and there will be panels & workshops specifically about organizing in high school. High school students will need to have a form signed by a parent or guardian if they are under 18 for liability reasons. 

Are older people welcome at PowerShift? PowerShift is primarily led and organized by youth aged 18-30, as we as we have the collective energy, creativity and power to transform society, and to work as together as allies with others fighting for climate justice in frontline and affected communities. While people falling outside that age range will not be turned away from participation in PowerShift , they should be aware that PowerShift programming is geared towards the specified ages. We also invite other parts of society to volunteer their time, be supportive of youth efforts and to participate in creating a better future for everyone.

What’s the connection between Global PowerShift and PowerShift in Canada? Global Power Shift was hosted in Istanbul, Turkey in July of 2013 by our friends at 350.org to support young organizers from across the world to host PowerShift convergences in their own countries. Since PowerShift started in the U.S. in 2007 and came to Canada in 2009 youth organizations across the world have been hosting PowerShifts and we’re excited to work with them to continue to build a global movement! 

REGISTRATION

What does my registration cost cover? Your registration fee covers entrance to PowerShift and participation in all of the official events and activities of the convergence. Registration does not cover all food, travel or housing, which participants are asked to arrange on your own, but we will do our best to support making these happen for as low a cost as possible. 

Can I get a refund for my registration? Registration is not refundable, but if it turns out you can’t attend, it is possible to transfer your registration to another individual. 

Are there scholarships for PowerShift? Yes! We’re doing our best to make sure that no one is held back from PowerShift due to financial constraints. Please see our scholarships page for more info.

TRAVEL, HOUSING, LOGISTICS, AND ACCESSIBILITY

How do I find housing and transportation? There are lots of ways to find housing and transportation, including car pooling, renting vehicles from your university or chartering a bus! You can also check out our Getting to PowerShift page to get connected with others who can help or offer to help!

Is food provided at PowerShift Atlantic?  Some food is provided by PowerShift, but not all meals. There will be food on-site, and we will have a list of local, affordable places where you can grab a meal!

What time should I arrive on Friday for PowerShift? PowerShift will kick-off on Friday at 7pm, but we’d encourage you to arrive early to avoid lines, get settled and officially checked-in (not to mention check out and explore Halifax!). On-site registration will begin by 12 noon on Friday. 

When will PowerShift end? Structured PowerShift programming will end on Sunday in the early evening. On Monday March 31 there will be a culminating action and all day art-space and action prep in Halifax to get ready for dispersed actions on April 1 - Fossil Fools Day.

Will there be childcare at PowerShift? Yes! We're offering childcare as needed, so if you need childcare please let us know. Email atlantic@ourclimate.ca to let us know what you need.

Will the physical space be physically and socially accessible? All PowerShift venues are wheelchair accessible, will have gender neutral bathrooms, and plenty of space to use however you want or need. At Dalhousie University, where the majority of our events will take place, there will be many safe spaces to spend time alone, in a one-on-one conversation, or in social settings. Translation will be available during keynote speeches, and whisper translation will be available upon request in all workshops and panels.

If we can do anything to make PowerShift more accessible for you, please email atlantic@ourclimate.ca to let us know, and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs!

THE AGENDA

What will be happening at PowerShift? A lot! Over the course of the weekend there will be amazing keynote speeches from leaders from across the progressive movement, in-depth trainings and workshops on organizing, climate justice, and a ton of action!

Who will be speaking at PowerShift? PowerShift Atlantic will bring together leaders from the climate movement and beyond. Each night we’ll hear keynote speeches, but during the day there will also be a host of trainings and workshops led by grassroots leaders from across the country.

A few of the speakers this year are Winona Laduke, Crystal Lameman, Suzanne Patles, Brad Werner, and Jasmine Thomas.

Past speakers and presenters at PowerShift have included: David Suzuki, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Majora Carter, Clayton-Thomas Mueller, Maude Barlow and many others.

How do I suggest a workshop or panel? PowerShift crowd-sources hundreds of workshops and panels from leaders across the movement to make sure that the breadth and depth of the movement is present. We're no longer accepting programming submissions. Thanks to everyone who sent us their ideas!

When will I know if my workshop or panel has been selected? Workshop and panels hosts will begin to be notified in late February. 

I’m interested in fossil fuel divestment - can I learn about that at PowerShift? The student led fossil fuel divestment movement is on fire, and will most definitely be represented at PowerShift Atlantic! There will be a host of panels, workshops and trainings on divestment, along with meet-ups, actions and more. We’re hoping to hold our first national divestment meet-up here!

VOLUNTEERING AND ORGANIZATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Can I volunteer at PowerShift Atlantic? Absolutely! PowerShift is organized almost entirely by volunteers, and we're always eager to have more people join our team! Fill out this volunteer form and tell us about what you'd like to do, and we'll find a volunteer role that fits your skills and learning goals.

We're looking for volunteers to help with logistical tasks like set up, take down, giving directions, and so on. We're also looking for volunteers to work on local outreach to increase our reach in communities across the Atlantic provinces, and much more!

Can my organization or group share campaign materials and information at PowerShift? Of course! If you'd like to have a table to share information and materials, fill out this tabling form. We'll set you up with a table in the main lobby during the day-time sessions at PowerShift Atlantic.

How else can my group or organization support PowerShift Atlantic? Your group or organization can become an official organizational supporter of PowerShift Atlantic by contributing staff time to organizing PowerShift Atlantic, putting significant effort into outreach for participation at PowerShift Atlantic, and contributing financially to PowerShift Atlantic. If your organization is interested in being involved in this way and learning more, please contact atlantic@ourclimate.ca.

If your group or organization isn't able to commit to this kind of support, we would still love to have you involved in PowerShift Atlantic! Contact atlantic@ourclimate.ca if you want to talk about other options.

FOSSIL FOOLS DAY 

What is happening with the PowerShift Action? For the first time, we're organizing a distributed Day of Action as a part of PowerShift that will connect with a powerful cross-Canada Day of Action against extreme energy and for a just and sustainable future. On April 1st (the Tuesday immediately following PowerShift) groups will take action across Canada for Fossil Fools Day by participating in a nation-wide prank on the fossil fools that are driving climate change. PowerShift participants will have the opportunity to build materials, prep plans and build action teams for their community, campus and cities in the lead up to and during PowerShift with the support of PowerShift organizers and trainers. More info coming soon. 

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