Together, we rise for climate justice
PowerShift: Young and Rising
From February 14-18, 2019, in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin Anishinabe, PowerShift: Young and Rising will convene hundreds of young people from across this land to build a powerful and intersectional youth climate justice movement.
The convergence will feature workshops, panel discussions, inspirational keynotes and powerful music and art. Together we – as a collective youth movement– will grow the skills and knowledge needed to address the climate crisis.
We are the generation that has the power to counter the damage done, and build the future we know is possible.
Will you rise with us?
PowerShift has historically been a series of gatherings organized by youth for youth. PowerShift gatherings mobilize passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.
PowerShift is about youth learning from each other, learning together, and using that knowledge to develop common strategies for creating visionary change. PowerShift aims to ensure that once the convergence is over, the youth climate movement continues to grow through our networks, continued capacity building, and strategic action.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
What to expectBe prepared to learn about the history of social movements; how to start a campaign from scratch; how to influence decision makers; and how Canada can transition to a renewable energy economy. We will learn from our peers, elders, and experts alike.
We will dig deep into discussions on topics including fracking, pipeline politics, Indigenous sovereignty, divestment, and green jobs. We will learn how to make lasting change through community organizing, direct action, art, storytelling, and using traditional and digital media.
We will learn from each other, learn together, and develop common strategies for creating positive change. We will also have fun – at social events, through interactive art spaces, by listening to inspiring speakers, and engaging with talented performers.