This post originally appeared on We Are Power Shift. Find out more about the 2013 Power Shift Conference and youth climate convergence at their website.
There’s an impressive array of folks gathering in Minnesota right now for this weekend’s Extreme Energy Extraction Summit. They’re activists, organizers, movers and shakers of all stripes — many of them from communities on the frontlines — gathering to build a united front against the harmful impacts of extreme fossil fuel extraction. This a snapshot of the movement. Participants represent diverse organizations across sectors, seeking climate justice, community health, and real solutions for a just and sustainable energy future. Among those represented, the Expedition Education Institute is preparing for an epic road trip that will connect student climate leaders with extreme energy issues and organizers on the ground.
The Expedition Education Institute is partnering with Unity College in collaboration with Catskill Mountainkeeper to launch a ten-day climate leadership immersion trip, culminating with the 2013 Power Shift conference in Pittsburgh. Participants in the Extreme Energy Immersion will visit frontline communities living with and organizing around issues of hydrofracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, and fossil fuel divestment. Guided by experienced faculty facilitators, student climate leaders will see firsthand the impacts of extreme energy extraction while working together to strengthen their own leadership and climate advocacy efforts.
We seek 18 outstanding college students committed to developing their climate leadership in a dedicated learning community on the road to Power Shift. If you’ve got what it takes to get on the bus, learn more and APPLY HERE by 5pm, September 23rd.
Additional information on our chief partners:
- The Expedition Education Institute (EEI) offers semester-long undergraduate travel programs within North America, using the regions they visit in their retrofitted school bus as their living laboratory. Students gain an intrinsic understanding of complex issues through interactions with regional leaders, writers, scientists, business representatives, activists, educators and community leaders. EEI takes students out of the classroom and into the heart of the issues to build strength-based ecological leadership for the next generation.
- Unity College in Maine is an environmental liberal arts college with a focus on sustainability science to address the pressing climate and environmental problems of the 21st Century. The first college to commit to fossil fuel divestment, Unity is a recognized leader in student engagement for sustainability and a frequent collaborator with leading youth climate organizations. Unity representatives have attended major recent national climate campaign events and in 2010 teamed up with Bill McKibben and 350.org for a Solar Road Trip to the White House, calling on the Obama administration to take bold climate action.