Senior producer Martin Macias and co-producer Zé Garcia had the opportunity and privilege to attend the Power Shift 2011 summit in Washington, D.C. this past weekend in an effort to cover the climate-change summit live on the ground. Power Shift sought to gather some 10,000 activists from across the nation in an effort of solidarity and education as to the effects of anthropogenic ecosystem destruction. Inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Power Shift 2011 offered hour long panel discussions like “Citizens United: The Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy”, “From the BP Oil Spill to the Japanese Nuclear Crisis: Why Capitalism is Killing the Planet” and the “Environmental Impact of War and Militarism” among dozens of others. From Friday April 15 until April 18th, youth climate activists organized in the streets of our nation’s capital to let corporate America and the US government know–we are talking about the survival of the species.
On this edition of First Voice, April 19, 2011 Martin Macias airs a segment of Bill McKibben’s speech to the Power Shift summit. McKibben is credited as having written the first book about climate change aimed at a general audience and is the co-founder of 350.org. McKibben’s organization has helped coordinate thousands of demonstrations in over 180 countries. His environmental journalism continues to be at the forefront of the movement for climate justice.
Text of the speech with more information here
This April Aja Scott, Yasmeen Griffen, and Tiara Stewart came from the Gulf Coast area (Biloxi, Mississippi) to attend Power Shift 2011 (http://www.wearepowershift.org/) in Washington DC.
They came to speak about their work to clean up the coast but also their critical message of corporate polluters like BP (British Petrol). Martin Macias, producer of First Voice interviewed these young women about their experiences at Power Shift, the largest gathering of environmental organizers and activists in the country. They also shared a song about environmental justice.
Coastal Women For Change – http://www.cwcbiloxi.org/
NAACP Youth at – www.naacp.org/Youth
Participants of Power Shift 2011 in DC take over the Lobby of the office of the Interior demanding a change in the way the office has handed out permits to polluters and companies seeking to drill for natural gas.