Power Shift Carolinas is here!

October 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

Power Shift Carolinas is here! Weeks of planning have culminated in hundreds of students gathering at the campus of UNC Chapel Hill this weekend. This morning we heard inspiring speakers that reminded us that we must take this movement beyond conferences and meetings. They reminded us that the climate movement is not so unique from any other social movement. We are all seeking a new paradigm that addresses issues of domination and oppression of people’s livelihoods. Students braved crisp October weather as we sat in an outdoor theater and were reminded that being green is not always easy, despite what retailers often make us think.

Stephanie Powell, of the Southern Energy Network, rallies the crowd.

Stephanie Powell, of the Southern Energy Network, on stage.

I have now stepped away from the workshop halls where my peers are learning skills that they will take home with them to teach to others.  Away from the Power Shift hub-bub I find myself on a plush sofa in the UNC Chapel Hill student union with a TV blaring beside me and students munching on disposable platters that will soon disappear into a waste stream that terminates in an unknown place. I remember that I’m responsible too, we all are.  Seeking climate justice is going to be a long winding path that won’t end with a federal climate bill and won’t end in Copenhagen.

Here at Power Shift I join some of the most amazing people I know. These are friends who constantly motivate and inspire me with their passion and energy and make me believe that it is possible. As Marcie Smith, said this morning, “it is the incremental steps and actions that are building to a tipping point in this movement and that will lead us to the future we seek.”  Power Shift Carolinas is proving that people throughout the U.S. Southeast are ready – are you?


Entry filed under: campus campaigns, climate justice, events, louisiana, national, opportunity, podcast, renewable energy, science, southeast, southern energy network.

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  • 1. DAvid Brewer  |  December 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Happy New Year!

    My February 2009 in-depth story on TVA’s coal ash spill at Widows Crk Steam Plnt near Stevenson, Al., is being considered for The Huntsville Times’ Top 10 stories of 2009. Please take a look & see if it deserves your vote. Here’s the link: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2009/12/pick_the_top_10_stories_of_200.html (Once there, just scroll down to story “TVA steam plant spills ash into Widows Creek not long after Kingston, Tenn., spill” and click “thumbs up”or “thumbs down.”) (NOTE: You may have to register w/ http://www.al.com to vote. Please do. I believe such stories are important for everyone around the country to read.)

    With declining ads & readership in the newspaper business these days, I’m trying to keep publisher/editors interested in keeping the Times’ Jackson County bureau (which also covers DeKalb/Marshall counties) operating & covering such stories.

    Please pass along to your colleagues or anyone you might think would be interested in seeing stories like this in the newspaper.


    David Brewer
    The Huntsville Times


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