Where will you be Earth Day Weekend?

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 21st 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Ithaca College Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise.

The Youth Power Summit is the Youth Track of the Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference, a major multi-sector regional initiative under the leadership of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton aimed at making our communities more climate friendly and climate resilient.

The YPS has partnered with the internationally recognized New Economics Institute to bring in keynotes Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth; Lilian Molina, inaugural director of the Environmental Justice Program at the Energy Action Coalition, the hub of the US Youth Climate Justice Movement; and Esteban Kelly, co-founder of the national worker co-op, the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA).

The summit will explore millennials’ leadership in the growing field of “New Economics” and in locally focused, sustainable and anti-oppressive projects in Ithaca and Upstate New York.

Join us on Saturday April 20st from 9:30am – 7:30pm and Sunday April 21st from 9:30am -2:30pm for the Youth Power Summit at the Park Center at Ithaca College! People of all ages interested in the program and/or local youth empowerment are encouraged to attend!

Our Mission:

The Youth Power Summit 2013 is a youth-led project to create a space where young people, students, community members, faculty, and community business leaders will converge to explore the intersectionality of economic, social, and climate justice issues and develop the tools, organizing strategies, and collective frameworks to actively pursue a vision for a just, sustainable, and prosperous community.

We believe that realizing this vision demands genuine systematic transformation that puts freedom from discrimination and equal access to decision-making at the center of equitable and resilient social, economic, and cultural institutions. At the Youth Power Summit, we’re investigating the strategies we need to build this vision in practice through open dialogue, cultivating new connections in our community, and empowering young people to reframe the conversation around climate change so that climate justice is one strategy among many that seek broader and deeper justice in the creation of a sustainable and peaceful world.

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