Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Power Shift 2007

Power Shift 2007, the first-ever national youth summit to solve the climate crisis.

HT Jesse Jenkins at

This weekend, Nov 2nd-5th, thousands of students and youth will come together in D.C. for Power Shift.  With all 50 states represented, youth will engage on solutions to global warming and how to put solutions into practice. Registration for Power Shift has topped the 5,000 mark with a full day to go before registration closes, making Power Shift the largest summit of climate activists ever (as far as we know). 
But Power Shift is more than just a major event. It’s about starting a movement.  To that end, Power Shift’s agenda includes issue briefings from leading scientists and policy experts, dozens of training sessions, an opportunities fair, and additional networking opportunities, all designed to connect young leaders and use their collective experience to focus action on America’s greener, more prosperous future.
Thousands of Power Shift participants will also attend the Nov. 5 Lobby Day to meet with senators and representatives and their staff to promote the “1Sky” Climate Initiative and send a clear signal to Congress that today’s youth won’t accept compromises with their future.
Power Shift is also the largest event taking part in the nationwide Step It Up day of action on November 3rd.  At the Lobby Day, Power Shift participants will take photos and stories from Step it Up events back in their home districts with them into the offices of their senators and representatives.
More information, agenda and registration for Power Shift are available at www.powershift07.org and information on Energy Action Coalition is available at www.energyaction.net.  You can find a news blurb and links to media and blog coverage of Power Shift and the youth climate movement here.

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Kids most at risk from global warming impacts

Children are especially vulnerable to the adverse health effects of global warming according to a report released Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference:  "Direct health impacts from global warming include injury and death from more frequent extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and tornados. For children, this can mean post-traumatic stress, loss of caregivers, disrupted education and displacement. Increased climate-sensitive infectious diseases, air pollution-related illness, and heat-related illness and fatalities also are expected....As the climate changes, the earth’s geography also will change, leading to a host of health risks for kids. Disruptions in the availability of food and water and the displacement of coastal populations can cause malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and waterborne illness...Within all of these categories, children have increased vulnerability compared with other groups."  The health dangers associated with climate change affecting children include a projected increase in vector-borne illnesses, such as infestation of malaria bearing mosquitoes; increased incidence of asthma and respiratory illnesses; more heat-related deaths; food shortages caused by unchecked global warming; and dramatically reduced availability of fresh water in regions such as the US west coast. 
AAP technical report
AAP policy statement on global warming and children's health

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