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November 08, 2007

Power Shift 2007

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Photo by Eliza Simon

From November 2-5, more than 5,500 students from around the countryincluding 500 members of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC)converged on Washington, D.C., for Power Shift 2007, the first-ever national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. The SSC and more than 20 other youth organizations worked together to plan and recruit for Power Shift as part of the Campus Climate Challenge.

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Photo by Hilary Coleen

High school and college participants spent the weekend in College Park, Maryland (above), strategizing ways to take action on their campuses and in their communities. Then on Monday more than 2,000 of them gathered for a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol, before spending the rest of the day lobbying their representatives in Congress (below). "In some offices there were 40, 50, even 100 students," says SSC National Campaign Coordinator Maura Cowley.

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Photo by Hilary Coleen

The SSC was pivotal in getting a diverse national base to turn out for Power Shift. "We organized buses coming in from New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Iowa, West Virginia, Minnesota, Oregonmore places than I can name," says Cowley. "The SSC was one of the backbone organizations leading the planning, recruitment, and the lobby day." Cowley gives a special tip of the hat to Andrew Nazdin, a University of Maryland student and member the SSC's national executive committee, for helping organize the event at College Park.

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Power Shift built on successful student efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of more than 300 colleges and universities, coalescing local movements into one vision for America's energy future, which includes 80 percent reductions in carbon emissions by 2050, the creation of five million new green jobs, and investment in clean energy solutions.

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