Power Shift events have been happening all over the world over the past 5 years in India, Australia, America, Canada and the UK, mobilising more than 25,000 young people.
Here’s an inspiring little video from our friends across the ditch from their 2011 Power Shift campaign – we want to replicate this here in Aotearoa, but with a unique New Zealand-Pacific twist!
Over in Oz, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) have lead six awesome Power Shift events since 2009. Today they boast a membership of over 80,000 and have been instrumental in influencing Australia’s climate policy – with the power of a connected and passionate youth movement, they’ve made real change. It’s time to get NZ-Pacific on track too.
Here in New Zealand we have a rich history of movements for social change and justice. Whether it be political equality for women, the fight for justice on land grievances, or standing up against the powers of the world in demanding a nuclear free NZ, we’ve shown that we have the guts to speak out for what is right. We can do the same for climate change.
Power Shift NZ–Pacific aims to create the same excitement and action seen happening right now in the youth climate movement across the globe. Just like it has been in other countries, Power Shift NZ Pacific will create a new, diverse and connected movement of young people, driving a shift away from fossil fuels.