On Friday, hundreds of young climate leaders from across the Southeast region gathered in Orlando to take part in Power Shift Southeast—an event that aims to mobilize young people to “demand that decision-makers and future leaders of our country take bold action on climate change.”
Over the next three days, attendees will participate in breakout sessions and presentations on subjects including fracking and environmental justice. There will also be tie-ins on how attendees can promote change in their communities back home.
Opening the conference was former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who is nationally know for advocating for pro-choice issues, and addressed her speech on intersecting the gender and climate justice, Saturday will feature Black Lives Matter Activist Elle Hearns, and attendees will participate in a March with various local unions to protest corporate polluters.
Power Shift Southeast is the third of a series of four regional Power Shift events across the country organized primarily by the Power Shift Network and local progressive partner organizations, such as the Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment or FIRE.
“It’s a turning point and young people are fighting for their future as climate change has heavily impacted them and their families here in Florida,” said Yulissa Arce of FIRE. “Our voices are not being heard so we are coming together to push the boundaries of what’s possible as our local communities are affected by our toxic tourism industry and corporate polluters, time and time again.”