Media Advisory - Over 1000 Canadian Youth to send Strong Message to Government on Climate, Green jobs: Power Shift Canada 2009



    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Young people from across Canada are taking a
stand on climate change this October. From October 23 to 26, over 1000
students, young workers, environmental activists and others will converge on
the nation's capital to take part in the largest youth gathering for climate
change in Canadian history - Power Shift Canada.
    Power Shift Canada is a four day summit of intensive social and
ecological justice organizing, training, and speakers that will culminate in a
massive lobby on October 26 providing youth the space to voice to elected
officials that they want action and bold commitments for a clean and just
future, which includes creating thousands of green jobs, and reducing
greenhouse gas emissions to levels mandated by science. Power Shift Canada is
also being coordinated with the massive demonstration set to take place on
Parliament Hill for the International Day of Action on Climate Change
(scheduled for Saturday October 24).
    "At Power Shift Canada we are going to send a message to our elected
officials that if they don't support action on climate change, we'll elect
politicians that do," said Tria Donaldson, lead coordinator for Power Shift
Canada. "The goal of Power Shift Canada is to help connect youth who are
taking action on climate change in their communities, workplaces and schools
and forge a single, united voice that demands aggressive action from the
federal government to deal with the impending threat climate change will have
on our environment and our economy."
    Hosted by the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, the voice of Canadian
youth on climate change, Power Shift Canada is also one of numerous national
and international events being organized leading up to the crucial UN climate
negotiations taking place in Copenhagen this December.
    "Power Shift Canada is part of an international movement of youth
worldwide leading up to the United Nations talks in Copenhagen," says Amber
Church, National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. "Canadian
youth join with those from around the world who are standing up and speaking
out on the climate crisis. We are mobilizing to create the positive future we
need, and are asking our leaders to stand with us, and work with us, to shape
that future."
    Numerous campaigns will be running in the lead up to Power Shift Canada.
A national video competition will give youth from across the country the
chance to voice their concerns about climate change, show the impacts they see
in their communities, and let the world know why they want to see change.
Youth will also participate in a green jobs photo rally online to share their
vision of a green and sustainable workforce. Finally, youth will vote online
for their Top Ten Actions for government.
    Power Shift events have gathered over 20,000 youth worldwide to lobby
their governments for bold and comprehensive action. Other organizations such
as 350.org, Kyoto Plus, and C-Day Fill the Hill are working together to demand
Canada take a leading role at these negotiations.




For further information:

For further information: about Power Shift Canada and our campaigns
please visit www.powershiftcanada.org, and www.ourclimate.ca or contact Amber
Church, Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, email:
director@ourclimate.ca, ph: (778) 238-9884; Tria Donaldson can be reached for
comment by calling Amber Church.

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