Power Shift 2021 is a massive youth convergence taking place virtually from April 16-25th. We originally chose New Orleans as the convergence location because it is a critical hotspot for the climate and environmental justice movements.. New Orleans, along with the entire gulf coast is home to toxic oil and petrochemical (plastic) refineries, and a breeding ground for increasingly dangerous hurricanes. Big Oil is investing heavily into the expansion of plastic production as political resistance to fossil fuels for energy is increasing, posing a serious risk to public health. Despite the event becoming virtual, we are looking forward to honoring the city and region to support organizers on the ground to build local power and draw national scale awareness to local struggles for justice and needs for climate resiliency.
Power Shift 2021 will take place in the first 100 days following the next Presidential inauguration and seeks to build on the political momentum built throughout 2020 to ensure accountability from newly elected officials. The convergence will make space for youth activists to get trained on critical skills and grow powerful campaigns for climate, environmental, and social justice for the coming decade. PS21’s planning, programs, and post-convergence activation will be centering the impacts of structural oppression such as environmental racism and the effects of climate disasters, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.