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Power Shift '09 descending on D.C. on February 27

By Matt Roberts
SF Examiner

On Friday, Feb. 27, an estimated 10,000 youths will be descending upon Washington, D.C., for the weekend to make a statement about the importance of tackling the issue of climate change and the role that green jobs will play in helping reinvigorate the economy.

Power Shift '09 descending on D.C. on February 27

Van Jones will be speaking at the Power Shift Conference.

On Friday, Feb. 27, an estimated 10,000 youths will be descending upon Washington, D.C., for the weekend to make a statement about the importance of tackling the issue of climate change and the role that green jobs will play in helping reinvigorate the economy.

According to their site, "Power Shift 09 will bring 10,000 young people to Washington to hold our elected officials accountable for rebuilding our economy and reclaiming our future through bold climate and clean energy policy."

Though there have been other organizations that have swept into DC to make a statement about the importance of climate change, Power Shift seems to be taking a more grassroots approach.  Groups like Vote Solar and others made their presence known while Congress was still considering the Investment Tax Credit, which passed into law last year.

The organization is of course looking for help - it is no small task to bring together the masses - and will be offering a full weekend conference that will include lobbying training, and a full day on Capitol Hill organized by the Energy Action Coalition speaking with legislators, as well as a number of other networking events.

With dynamic speakers like Van Jones and performances from The Roots and Santigold, the event will surely continue to draw attention and a number of attendees - recently featured at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting and recognized by climate maven Al Gore as an important ground swell for climate action.

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