Powershift: Young + Rising will take place from February 14-17th, 2019 on the on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Peoples in Ottawa. Since 2009, Powershift has served as one of the most fertile places for growing leadership in the youth climate movement in Canada.
As wildfires burn through BC, glaciers retreat in Alberta, winters grow shorter in Nunavut, and floods destroy homes in the Maritimes, self professed “real climate leaders” continue to fail us by pledging their allegiance to the same corporate interests that got us in this crisis in the first place.
We know that the window for action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change is growing. We know that the continued dependence on fossil fuels continues to displace Indigenous peoples from their traditional territory. And we know that taking the kind of action necessary to confront these intersecting challenges requires a strong youth climate movement. That’s the time is now for Powershift: Young + Rising.