Issues - Our Vision & Demands

Across the country people are working on a variety of issues and projects to ensure a just and sustainable future.  There is a growing movement for clean energy, climate solutions, and environmental justice. Below, check out our visions for the decade, and our political platform from the Power Shift 2009 Conference.

Our visions for the decade

In the spring of 2010, as we entered a new decade, young people acroos the country envisioned what they wanted the world to look like and how they could go about creating it.  Click on the map below to read some of these visions from across the country.

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Power Shift 2009 Lobbying Platform

For the Power Shift 2009 Summit, we built a lobbying platform that encompassed our generations demands of political leaders. To conclude the summit, 6,000 of us stormed Capitol Hill for the largest lobby day in history. Check out our platform below:

1. Cut Carbon Pollution Dramatically and Immediately

  • Reduce global warming pollution by the targets science tells us are necessary: 40% below 1990 levels by 2020; and 80%-95% below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • Set an aggressive cap on carbon immediately. If a cap-and-auction mechanism is chosen, 100% of pollution allowances must be auctioned. Any revenue generated from this cap must be used to address the climate crisis in a just and equitable way; none of this money should go to polluting industries.
  • Conserve and restore the world’s forests, ecosystems, and carbon sinks, which are the best natural defense in a warming world.

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Create 5 million new jobs through investments in clean energy
  • Develop a “Clean Energy Corps” to create service, training, and job opportunities in the clean energy economy
  • Train a generation of workers and volunteers to build our clean energy future and help communities adapt to the already changing climate

3. Power our Future With Clean Energy, not Dirty Fuels

  • We see a future powered by clean, renewable energy like wind, solar, and geothermal; 100% of our electricity should come from these sources, and we should invest in sustainable transit and energy efficiency
  • End our dependence on dirty energy by enacting a moratorium on financing and development of new coal and nuclear plants, and oil shale and tar sands infrastructure
  • Immediately begin phasing out dirty and dangerous energy sources and methods of extraction, while also ensuring a just transition for affected workers and communities

4. Lead the World to a Clean and Equitable Energy Future

  • Work with other nations to reach a strong new global climate treaty in Copenhagen that puts us on track to reduce carbon below 350 parts per million
  • Assist vulnerable communities and developing countries in the transition to low-carbon economies and with adaptation to the changing climate