Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Powershift Conference 2012

PowerShift is a biannual conference offered to a wide range of students from the high school to university level. The conference is both accepting and welcoming to people of all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, looking for an optimal level of inclusiveness. Its focus lies within the title, implying that there is a need for a shift in our power system, targeting the population who are essentially the leaders of tomorrow. PowerShift covers a broad array of subjects, extending from environmental issues to human rights and inequalities.

At the conference specifically, there were ample opportunities to gain knowledge on the multiple issues occurring in today’s society. I had the privilege to attend conferences on indigenous rights, the Tar Sands, education and poverty, oppression and racial inequalities, natural disasters and their impacts on communities, and sustainable food and youth involvement. I was particularly fascinated by the commitment and passion the general population of the conference had towards the issues, and moreover, the actions they were both willing to take, and those which have already being initiated. This being said, I was very motivated coming back to Acadia following the conference, with multiple ideas and inspirations to take action and make a difference. 

If you like the sound of the conference and would be interested in attending, stay tuned and check out their website!


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