Monday, April 8, 2013
Once again, students from across New York will converge in Ithaca for the Youth Power Summit, happening April 20th-21st. The last event happened two years ago in 2011. This will be happening at the same time as the Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference, also in Ithaca, taking place April 18th-21st.
The mission of the summit is to create a place "where young people, students, community members, faculty, and community business leaders will converge to explore the intersectionality of economic, social, and climate justice issues" in order to develop strategies to achieve "a just, sustainable, and prosperous community".
Some of the different organizations being represented there include the New Economics Institute, the Green Umbrella, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, and many others.
I am very excited to be attending all the events happening during the coming week- nearly as excited as I was about the Keystone XL protest down in Washington, D.C. a few months ago! I know I will meet a lot of highly motivated and intelligent people who will help lead our nation and the world to a more sustainable future. One person I am extremely excited to hear is keynote speaker Mark Hertsgaard, renowned independent journalist and author, whose most recent book focused on living through the next fifty years of climate change.
This gathering is definitely something students cannot afford to miss!