Club to Attend Power Shift
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 02:09
A delegation of Georgetown students is forming to attend Power Shift, a biennial environmental justice conference for college student and young adults.
The leaders of Georgetown’s Power Shift delegation have started campaigning to bring about 25 students from the university to join the more than 10,000 participants from colleges across the nation.
The conference, the fourth of its kind, will take place at the end of October in Pittsburgh.
“The idea is to give students the tools and the training to go back to their communities and enact a grassroots, environmental movement,” Annie Wang (COL ’16), the leader for Georgetown Power Shift, said. “It’s dedicated to issues of climate change and environmental justice.”
The conference is sponsored by We Are Power Shift, an online community of environmentally active youth. The series of conferences began in 2007 in Washington, D.C., and was organized by the Energy Action Coalition.
The Georgetown students will participate in workshops and listen to speakers involved in the sustainability movement while at the conference.
“I’m most interested in hearing from full-time activists that are doing really cool work,” Jesse Colligan (SFS ’14) said. “I think I’ll be exposed to a lot of names and faces and organizations that I’ve never heard of. The vast majority of people leading workshops are totally anonymous.”
The conference will conclude with a hallmark Power Shift action event where conference participants march into Pittsburgh and protest businesses with unsustainable practices.
Currently, Colligan, Wang and other Georgetown students are reaching out to students to see who would be interested in attending the conference.
The delegation leaders are looking to partner with an on-campus group such as the Office of Sustainability or the Center for the Environment to gain funding for students to attend the conference, which is expected to cost approximately $100 per student. The price could change depending on transportation and hotel costs.
“The big thing we’re looking at right now is we want to make it affordable for the students to go,” Wang said.
Students see the conference as an opportunity to bring increased environmental and sustainability awareness to Georgetown.
“I really just want to learn more about the environmental movement in general,” Wang said. “The conference is a gateway to something that could really help our school. If we take the training and enact it on campus, then I think we would have done our job.”