I am 22 years old, and I've got a crisis on my hands. One of the greatest challenges my generation will face is confronting global warming. With the advent of the Internet naturally comes Internet activism. Unfortunately, it can be tempting to shoot off an e-mail to a congressman, sign a Facebook petition, and call it a day for fighting for what you believe in.
Today, however, more than 5,500 young people are confronting and shattering accusations of their so-called apathy: Today marks the beginning of Power Shift 2007, the very first national youth summit on climate change.
The summit, which will take place at the University of Maryland – College Park, will include speakers, workshops, music, and good old-fashioned rallies on Capitol Hill. The summit has three main goals:
- To make congress and the 2008 presidential candidates take global warming seriously.
- To empower a diverse network of young leaders in environmental policy.
- To achieve broad geographic diversity.
The summit starts today and will last through Monday. Updated blogs from the participants can be found here.