This weekend, twelve thousand students converged on Washington demanding the U.S. lead the world with a cleaner, greener, and more innovative energy policy. Powershift 09 attracted double the numbers of its 07 convention. All day long, students filled the halls of Congress lobbying their elected officials to fight global warming. Meanwhile, a parallel protest called the Capitol Climate Action was taking place out in the streets. Thousands marched to the Capitol Power Plant (owned by Congress) demanding that it convert from coal to natural gas. Activists like writer Bill McKibben, poet Wendell Berry, and NASA scientist James Hansen—who all risked arrest to make their point—hailed the days activities as the kickoff for a year of worldwide mobilizations leading to the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December.
We shut them down!
Thousands converged on the capitol power plant to engage in mass civil disobedience, shutting it down for the afternoon to send a national message for clean energy solutions to the economic and climate crises. This is the victory declaration. Climate Justice for all.
Surrounding the Coal Plant
Capitol Climate Change I cant understand why there arent rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants. – Al Gore
The protest is on for Monday—and its going to be something of a party too! Senate majority leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi promised Thursday to switch the Capitol Power Plant off coal. Now we need them to promise to do the same thing to every other coal-fired power plant in America. If this ones too dirty, so are all the rest!