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More than 90 Oberlin students head to DC for Youth Energy Summit

OBERLIN: On February 27, 2009, a fleet of cars and vans will leave from Oberlin College with more than 90 Oberlin students who will be going to Washington, D.C. to participate in a historic national youth summit: Power Shift ‘09.

The Oberlin students will join more than 10,000 youth leaders from around the world – including some 400 from Ohio – to demand that the U.S. President and Congress rebuild the nation's economy and reclaim its future by passing bold climate and energy policy that prioritizes renewable energy and green jobs.

Oberlin College is the fifth biggest recruiter for Power Shift in the country, according to Isabelle Rozendaal, Class of 2011 and coordinator of the Oberlin contingent. “I am going to the four-day summit,” she says, “because my future and my children’s future depend on the decisions we make today.

“Every day that we continue to burn coal we are putting more mercury and lead and arsenic into the atmosphere that will damage our children’s bodies. This is why Oberlin students will attend Power Shift 2009. The time to act is now.”

The students will take part in seminars, panels, workshops, lectures, a green career fair, musical performances, and a Lobby Day, when the young participants will meet with elected officials and deliver their demands. Guest-speakers include House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and leading environmental activists Majora Carter and Van Jones.
Power Shift ‘09 culminates on Monday, March 2, 2009, with a gathering of thousands of youth on the steps of Capitol Hill. The youth summit is organized by the Energy Action Coalition, which has grown over the past four years to include 50 national organizations, over 700 local groups and hundreds of thousands of young people all working together to successfully fight for clean energy solutions and the creation of a new green economy.

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