March 1, 2009
You’d think mobilising 12,000 young people to the largest youth led climate summit in our history was achievement enough – well you wrong wrong. Besides this incredible feat, an event of incomprehensible magnitude punching out as more enthusiasm than was described on the promotional materials, there are victories cropping up outside of D.C that are having unexpected but bloody exciting impacts!
So as I wait, longing to hear more stories from UKYCC’s very own Kate and Casper who are in D.C at the moment, I snuggle up with my laptop and scroll endlessly through the Powershift posts picked up through my Google Reader. They are literally endless. After a good hour I feel content with what I have learnt, excited by the energy that is so evident in the video blogs it almost scares me to think what it must be like to be there in person, and determined that Powershift UK will deliver something equally as special this September.
After my Powershift fix, I decide to wander onto some music websites for a bit of change of scenery (it’s good to keep up life’s small pleasures). And as I head to latest news on http://www.pitchforkmedia.com, what should be on the top of the page but POWERSHIFT?! Could this be? One of the most highly respected, busiest, most influencial online transatlantic music websites documenting Powershift 09?! Yes! Ofcourse it is! Because what we’re now seeing, and what I applaud Powershift 09′s co-ordinating team on the most is mainstreaming climate activism.
Check it out: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/node/149452
I am completely overwhelmed by the impact of Powershift, not just in the US, but in empowering hundreds, thousands, and even millions of young people all around the world who are now beginning to feel like they CAN do something about their future. And it’s the small victories, like being published on a music website, where we’re going to be seeing more and more of, and that we’re going to be getting the best responses from.
We’re coming to a point now, where we will no longer be labelled as climate activists. We will soon be known as an engaged, empowered and passionate generation, who have come together with a message of such moral clarity, and such defiance, that there is no chance of failure.
Well done guys, even in my humble abode in a little town in Britain, I am feeling the tingles all over!