Taking the power back is the main emphasis for Power Shift 2011, and that’s what we learned how to do today. Beginning with a breakout session with the southwest region, the team got the chance to meet others in our surrounding area that want environmental change and justice just as much as we do.
After meeting others, we broke into groups and constructed new methods for making change once we get back to the Fort, so get prepared to see some changes on campus next semester. The afternoon was full of team building sessions and learning.
After lunch, each of us split off into different sessions ranging from women’s empowerment, going green and living bling, to weatherizing homes in Washington D.C. I can’t say what everyone did individually, but ask when we get back and we would love to tell you how great our day was!
The sun is up and shining, the birds are chirping and spring has truly sprung in Fairfax, VA, where the five members of the EC are staying as they represent Fort Lewis at the biggest grassroots movement in history. Alex Pullen, David Haralson, Grace Martinez, Emily Griffin and Morgan Boaman took three planes to get across the country to learn how to save the world.
The opening events of Power shift began with keynote speakers Vice President Al Gore and Van Jones. These motivating speakers came out to encourage the youth of today to come together and shift the power. The goal of the 10,000 youth gathered on capital hill is to fight for sustainability across America. These students are from all over the country and will attend trainings, speakers and events for the next four days as they become the country’s next super power.
Leading up to the opening events the FLC students familiarized themselves with our nation’s capitol. They checked out some sites and shops as they walked from the Smithsonian to the Washington E. Conference building (which spans two blocks). Stay tuned for updates from the team as they experience the time of their lives in Washington, DC.
The Zero Waste Team’s free store is going strong and successful! They have been having a blast with it and are ALWAYS looking for more donations! They recently received the go ahead to show the film Tapped on campus. The showing date is April 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Chemistry 130. With the assistance of free pizza and the desire to change the world they hope to expose a large portion of the campus and community to the global and local negative effects of bottled water. For more information on Tapped follow this link http://blogs.fortlewis.edu/ec/2011/04/07/tapped/.
We are tapped. We are running out of water and yet we allow large corporations to fill up plastic, toxic bottles with once pure good water, usually from our own neighborhood. Tapped will display this demonstration in a clear and spine chilling fashion. It breaks down the effects of bottled water on our health, climate change, pollution and dependence of oil. Is water a commodity that should be bought and sold? Or is the access to clean drinking water a basic human right? You make the call! Come watch Tapped and have some mind altering fun! This event will include various pockets of goodness including a Take Back the Tap Table, Environmental Center table, an ocean display about plastic, free reusable water bottles and free pizza!! Bring a smile and open mind! We all hope to see you there!!!
As April is quickly approaching The Leftovers are hard at work on this year’s Earth Day celebration. Planning for the celebration, to take place in front of the student union building on April 22, 2011, the all day event will have food, fun, music and an open mic and much more in-store. The event is one inspired by the entire EC and spearheaded by this trifecta of teams. In other news the sustainable business lunch and learns have been gathering momentum. Most recently an inspiring talk from Desert Sun Coffee made sustainable business headlines. Upcoming is Durango Natural Foods. Perhaps one of the most exciting things to come across the plate of The Leftovers is Powershift 2011. The Leftovers will be represented by team members Alex Pullen and David Haralson. These students will attend a four day conference in Washington DC to learn about policies and how to be the change they wish to see in the world.
The Media and Communications team has been working hard on figuring out how to best serve our community, both on campus and off. The blog and radio show are our most prevalent sources of information, and we are working in a monthly newsletter that has great updates on what is going on internally in the EC, and it gives you a look at what we do on a daily basis, and trust us, there is a lot of responsibilities we have every single day! The most exciting event coming up in our team is sending Morgan Boaman, Grace Martinez, and Emily Griffin to Washington DC with other members of the Environmental Center to participate in a huge event called Powershift, where they will learn how to be proactive environmentalists. The team members will be blogging the whole time, so keep checking up on the blog to see what we are up to!