PowerShift 2011: Day Two

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!

Thanks for listening,

The EC Powershift Team

PowerShift 2011 Day One:

Day One

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.