More than 90 Oberlin
students head to DC for Youth Energy Summit
OBERLIN: On February 27, 2009, a fleet of cars and vans will
leave from Oberlin College with more than 90 Oberlin students
who will be going to Washington, D.C. to participate in a
historic national youth summit: Power Shift ‘09.
The Oberlin students will join more than 10,000 youth leaders
from around the world – including some 400 from Ohio – to demand
that the U.S. President and Congress rebuild the nation's
economy and reclaim its future by passing bold climate and
energy policy that prioritizes renewable energy and green jobs.
Oberlin College is the fifth biggest recruiter for Power Shift
in the country, according to Isabelle Rozendaal, Class of
2011 and coordinator of the Oberlin contingent. “I am going to
the four-day summit,” she says, “because my future and my
children’s future depend on the decisions we make today.
“Every day that we continue to burn coal we are putting more
mercury and lead and arsenic into the atmosphere that will
damage our children’s bodies. This is why Oberlin students will
attend Power Shift 2009. The time to act is now.”
The students will take part in seminars, panels, workshops,
lectures, a green career fair, musical performances, and a Lobby
Day, when the young participants will meet with elected
officials and deliver their demands. Guest-speakers include
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and leading
environmental activists Majora Carter and Van Jones.
Power Shift ‘09 culminates on Monday, March 2, 2009, with
a gathering of thousands of youth on the steps of Capitol Hill.
The youth summit is organized by the Energy Action Coalition,
which has grown over the past four years to include 50 national
organizations, over 700 local groups and hundreds of thousands
of young people all working together to successfully fight for
clean energy solutions and the creation of a new green economy.
For more information visit: http://www.powershift09.org/