Thirteen University of Lynchburg students will join hundreds of young people from across the state this weekend for the “Virginia Power Shift ’09” conference at George Mason University. The event is one of twelve similar climate summits happening across the nation this weekend.
The Oct. 23-25 conference will feature workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities. Training will focus on how to hold elected officials accountable and secure a strong clean energy bill out of the U.S. Senate before the Copenhagen climate summit in December.
Speakers include Mike Tidwell, executive director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Jessy Tolkan, executive director of Energy Action Coalition.
Energy Action Coalition was founded in 2004 and unites a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the student and youth clean and just energy movement in North America. The 36 active and 14 supporting partners of Energy Action Coalition work together to create change for a clean, efficient, just, and renewable energy future.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Its mission is to educate and mobilize citizens of this region in a way that fosters a rapid societal switch to clean energy and energy-efficient products, joining similar efforts worldwide to halt the dangerous trend of global warming.