Power Shift convention heads for Pittsburgh; a great cause for young people


Power Shift Convention

Molly Newell


Next weekend, Pittsburgh will be hosting a convention about the environment called Power Shift.  Power Shift started in 2007 and has had a convention every other year since then.  Power Shift is an organization that raises awareness of environmental issues such as global warming, fracking, and mountain top removal, and is targeted towards young people.  “The convention is about building a wholistic youth movement,” said Seth Bush, an organizer of the convention and the Sierra Club.  The convention will start on Friday, October 18, with registration, dinner, and an opening speech by mayoral candidate Bill Peduto.  On Saturday and Sunday there will be workshops teaching people message, organize, present meetings, and even organize campaigns.  Monday will be a day of action and will be open to anyone.  There will be a march and rally starting on Allegheny’s Landing and ending in Downtown. 

Power Shift is a great thing to be involved in, especially for young people.  “Our generation is faced with some pretty big challenges and young people have incredible power to assemble and make a difference,” said Bush.  One major challenge is the climate changes due to global warming and how this will impact the future.  “We are bringing these issues together in a common frame and we need all hands on deck.” 

At the convention, there will be some notable daily speakers including: Bill McKibben, an author and the founder of 350.org; Kimberly Wasserman, the Senior Advisor of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; Josh Fox, the writer and director of the documentary film GASLAND; Mike Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club; and Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a twelve year old activist for Sliammon First Nation, an organization that provides better living for indigenous people.  Every night there will be a concert with some of the best independent acts in America, most notably rapper Talib Kweli.

Anyone who wants to get involved needs to get involved fast.  Power Shift is accepting registrations until 3AM on Friday October 11.  You can register on wearepowershift.org for $80, or you can register on the spot for $100.  On Monday October 21, there will be a march starting on Allegheny’s Landing at 10 AM and is absolutely free.

If there are any questions, please email Seth Bush at [email protected] .