Asian youth leaders participate in the Global Power Shift Climate Summit in Istanbul: Page 2 of 2
Posted on 1 July 2013
populations,” she added.
Leon Dulce of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment commended the GPS for providing the opportunity to unite East Asia constituents towards resolving four major areas of climate change that include 1) coal divestment and renewable energy, 2) extractive industries (i.e. mining, agri-industrial plantations, 3) foreign investment in dirty industries, and 4) large dams (i.e. the Mekong river). Dulce also expressed optimism in seeing a “qualitative leap” in the Asia-wide campaign for climate change in the years to come.
The workshops at the GPS trained participants in the fields of campaign strategy, online organizing, communications, and public mobilization. The workshops were led by seasoned activists behind some of the past decade’s most successful environmental and social justice campaigns. Participants also shared their own lessons and skills in self-organized sessions and regular meetings with activists from their region.
“Global Power Shift was an excellent opportunity to meet and share stories with hundreds of like-minded climate leaders from all over the world, as well learn some new, valuable skills. I enjoyed and felt energized by the great work being done all over the world. I look forward to starting our work helping those most affected by the climate crisis in the Philippines,” said Erin Sinogba of the Redraw The Line Campaign.
The Global Power Shift Summit was convened by 350.org, an international climate campaign that has organized over 20,000 climate demonstrations worldwide together with a coalition of partners including Friends of the Earth International, Greenpeace International, the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, and numerous youth climate groups among other climate advocates. The conference was hosted at Istanbul Technical University that generously provided space for the GPS events. GPS was inspired by a series of national Power Shift summits that have taken place over the last five years in the United States, Europe, and Australia. After this week’s summit in Istanbul, participants will head home to organize their own national Power Shift summits, mobilizations, and campaigns around the world. Plans are already underway for a 10,000-person U.S. Power Shift in Pittsburgh this October hosted by the Energy Action Coalition.#
The Global Power Shift Summit was organized by the international climate campaign 350.org, with support from partner organisations Avaaz, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, and others. 350.org is named after 350 parts per million, what many scientists consider is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. For more information about Global Power Shift, visit http://www.globalpowershift.org. For more information about 350.org, visit http://www.350.org.