Preparations are underway for a mass of environmentally-aware young people to converge in Auckland in December to shape their future at Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012.
From December 7-9, Auckland will be host to a part conference, part festival, part workshop and part celebration of the power of young people taking their future into their own hands.
Power Shift is being driven by a grassroots network of youth organisers who have built a climate movement across every region of New Zealand and every Pacific Island nation – a collaboration between 350.org, a global movement for action on climate change; Generation Zero, a organisation of young New Zealanders calling for better climate policies; and other individuals.
This week they launched the project online, and are now inviting up to 1000 young people from around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to register online to attend.
“Climate change is the defining issue of our generation, and there is a growing youth movement in New Zealand that will come to Power Shift to learn new leadership skills, be inspired by amazing leaders and role-models, get planning for local actions, and launch a nationwide campaign to push for climate solutions,” says one of the organisers, Brittany Packer.
“Participants are already planning their carbon friendly transport to Power Shift, with youth as far as Dunedin planning to cycle to the event."
Power Shift NZ-Pacific 2012 will build on the experience of Power Shift events that have been held all over the world over the past five years in India, Australia, America, Canada and the UK, mobilising more than 25,000 young people.
“If it’s anything like other Power Shifts around the world, it’s bound to be historic.”