Over the weekend of October 18-20, thousands of young people will descend upon Pittsburgh, USA, for Powershift 2013. About 25 COA students are braving the 15 hour journey from Maine to Pennsylvania. In a convoy of 5 cars they left unceremoniously in the wee hours of Friday morning. They will be manning a table and Earth in Brackets will be collaborating with SustainUS to run a panel on “Reclaiming the UN climate talks” from 1pm on Sunday. Below are a selection of bios for the group:

Surya

Surya

Name: Surya Karki.

Age: 21

From: Nepal.

“I am excited to see the energy of the youth in this huge gathering. I am going to continue the leadership that Earth in Brackets has shown in the past within the youth climate movement.”

Hannah

Hannah

Name: Hanna Ostby

Age: 20

From: Norway

“I am excited for Powershift to see 10,000 new faces who are passionate about climate justice and joining in this national network.”

Julian

Julian

Name: Julian Velez

Age: 23

From: Mexico

“We need to make sure that we’re not just fighting either at a purely grassroots or purely global level – the movements need to link up more cohesively. I think going to PowerShift can help that happen.”

Name: Adrian Fernandez Jauregui

Age: 22

From: Bolivia

“I’m going to PowerShift because friends told me it was a great experience where you meet lots of dedicated, good-hearted, and passionate young people. It seems it is the type of event that recharges your energy and inspires you to take action on the issues you care about. I am super exited to experience this!”

Angela

Angela

Name: Angela Valenzuela

Age: 19

From: Chile

After reading the latest IPCC report, I feel a sense of urgency to fight for climate justice.”

 

 

Name: Aneesa Khan

Aneesa

Aneesa

Age: 17

From: India/Oman

“I want to be a part of a youth movement with driven people who are passionate about fighting for environmental justice! I hope to learn as much as I can from them and all the interesting workshops and talks that are scheduled to happen.”

Name: Klever Descarpontriez Rojas

Age: 20

From: Bolivia.

“It’s important for us to attend these kinds of gatherings as well as UN negotiations because it is here that our future is being decided, and we need to be a part of that.”

Sara

Sara

Name : Sara Velander

Age : 18
From : Sweden/USA
“I want to learn more about environmental activism and how to contribute to our community in a sustainable way.”
Lucas

Lucas

Name: Lucas Burdick

Age: 20

From: Ithica, New York

“I got involved with organizing people to go to Powershift because I believe in the value and importance of this experience and this movement. Having already won the fight for divestment, and having been deeply involved in the fight for climate justice within the UN, COA students are amazing and combing them with more amazing people from the domestic US movement can only be a good thing. I’m just really excited to be a part of this.”

Al

Al

Name: Aung “Al” Htet

Age: 19

From: Myanmar (Burma)

“In Burma there isn’t much focus on clean energy solutions, so I want to learn more about safe, clean, community owned renewable energy. And like everyone else, I’m just excited to be there with thousands of youth people as part of the movement.”