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30+ Awesome Memes From Power Shift 2013 - Massive Youth Convergence To Fight For Our Future

Just a week ago, over 6,000 young people from across the US converged in Pittsburgh, PA for a massive youth training dedicated to bringing about a safe planet and a just future for all. Check out for more info. And check out this youtube channel to watch a lot of these speeches in full.

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Yudith Nieto brought up a standing ovation with the call to stand with and get behind activists and communities standing on the frontlines of resource extraction and injustice.

Meme by Power Up: Divest Fossil Fuels, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media


Over 6,000 activists at Power Shift stand up in solidarity with the "Arctic 30" - 30 Greenpeace activists imprisoned in Russia for peacefully trying to take a stand against deep-sea Arctic oil drilling.

Meme by James Blakely/350 Idaho, Photo by Heather Craig for Project Survival Media.


Kimberly Wasserman, former Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization & Goldman Prize Winner, calls us towards a new wave of environmental justice - one that gets behind impacted communities who are already fighting for their survival.

Meme by Shift the Climate, Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Luis Perales brings home a message that was ricocheted and overheard in hundreds of panels and sessions at Power Shift - it's time to build bridges between the social justice fights of our generation.

Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media

Kandi Mossett shares one of the most moving stories at Power Shift, of what it's like to live and fight as Indigenous people in the Bakken Shale country of North Dakota. Tears were shed.

Photo by Robert van Waarden for Project Survival Media


Crystal Lameman, First Nations leader from Beaver Lake, Alberta Canada, unleashes a fiery call to keep fighting at Power Shift 2013.

Meme by Dylan Petroholis, Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood for Project Survival Media. Inspired by Monica Christoffels.


Energy Action Coalition's Kendall Mackey took the stage and invited people around the country to create a time capsule with your vision for how to move beyond dirty energy, and why you want President Obama to reject the Keystone XL. Check out the campaign page here.

Meme by Evan Weber/US Cilmate Plan, Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood/Project Survival Media.

On the fourth day of Power Shift, the Earth Quaker Action Team organized peaceful sits-in inside PNC bank branches across the city - to draw attention to PNC's massive investments in mountaintop removal.

Meme by the Earth Quaker Action Team


In the culminating Power Shift event, thousands of youth leaders hit the streets (and bridges) of Pittsburgh, PA - rallying against fracking and fossil fuels and for a safe planet and just future for all.

Photo by Ophir Bruck.

Many Thanks

Massive thanks to the "Power Shift Social Media Storytellers Team" who meme'd, tweeted, blogged, stori-fied, instagrammed, and so on to tell the story of this beautiful, boundary-pushing, intersection-bridging convergence.

We still have a lot of movement growing & stretching to do--and we hope you'll keep pushing us and pushing this movement forward.

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