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Sunday, July 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Shifting Our Power Together: Building Youth and Community Engagement in Energy Democracy

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The clean energy transition is happening. And rather than accept a corporate clean energy status quo, we can leverage our power as young people to transform our energy system to be localized, just and sustainable. This session will present opportunities to learn about existing campaigns and organizing strategies that advance a democratized energy system. From campaigns for a just transition to 100% clean energy by 2030 for your campus to campaigns that reinvest college and university endowments - we invite participants to build on these frameworks and strategize for themselves, and the movements we work in, how to move forward energy democracy work on campuses and in communities. By exploring ways that environmental, education, social justice and health advocates have come together in North Carolina to demand 100% renewable powered schools in an intersectional campaign, participants will walk away with ideas for how to bring this effort to their communities and have a platform off of which to engage by articulating their own strategic objectives and next steps.

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Arielle Clynes

Organizer, SustainUS
Arielle Clynes is a systems thinker and movement builder. She values approaches to addressing our global crises of climate injustice and extreme inequality that decentralize power and wealth, and recognize historical trauma. Arielle advocates for alternative trade models and aims... Read More →
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Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle is a resident of Chicago and graduated from UCSD in 2013. Since being politicized through Occupy in 2011, Sean has been organizing on a variety of issues, including the fight for public education, multi-issue divestment campaigns, and building youth-led infrastructure... Read More →

Michael Zytkow

Michael Zytkow is a Field Organizer for Greenpeace based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has a strong background in intersectional activism with environmental justice at the core. He works on a wide variety of issues including bringing clean, safe, affordable renewable energy options... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Ketchum 315