Re-Energize Texas

Youth in Texas Rising to the Climate Challenge!

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Over 100 hundred students from 14 campuses across Texas, signed a petition asking CNN and Univision to make global warming a priority during the Feb 21 presidential debate in Austin and their general coverage of the 2008 election. Of course, no questions were asked during the debate, however, we received feedback from CNN that this was the first time they had been contacted by a student group asking them to include questions about global warming in the debates, and they were impressed with our efforts!

We are still in the early stages of this election year, and a lot of the hard work we need to do ensure that the climate crisis gets the attention it deserves in the general election, still lies ahead of us. Re-Energize Texas is currently putting together a strategy to work with national organizations and coalitions to run a similar petition campaign at a national level leading up to the election. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to make your concerns and solutions heard in the media and in your communities!


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Video clips from the Re-Energize Texas Summit:

Reverend Lennox Yearwood Austin Mayor Will Wynn Brother Chi Sing

Gary Hirshberg Dr. Camille Parmesan Jim Hightower Ted Glick

Peter Illyn Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith

The Re-Energize Texas Summit in the news!

The Austin Chronicle: The Re-Energizer Revival

UT Austin, The Daily Texan: Youth conference addresses global warming issues

News 8 Austin: Hundreds gather for Re-Energize Texas Summit

UT – Pan American, The Pan-American: Student to participate in environmental summit

Rice University: Rice students train to battle climate change

ItsGettingHotinHere:Re-Energize Texas gets fired up!

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From February 8th – 10th, hundreds of young adults from Texas will converge at the University of Texas – Austin for the Re-Energize Texas Summit, the largest-ever youth summit in Texas to the address the climate challenge. Join us as we build a movement for a clean, just, efficient energy future here in Texas – one that cuts carbon, creates millions of new ‘green collar’ jobs and provides global leadership. Be prepared for a transformative experience.

Conference Highlights

 

Get Inspired by National Climate Leaders
The climate challenge presents a unique opportunity for immediate positive change for many of us, whether we care about social and environmental justice, reducing global inequalities, improving our economy, or simply making more money! Our diverse and visionary speakers will address the challenges we face today and the opportunities that lie at hand.

 

 

Confirmed speakers (see more information about speakers here)

* Mayor Will Wynn, Mayor of Austin, 2007 Austinite of the year, key member of the U.S. Mayors Council on Climate Protection

* Dr. Camille Parmesan, professor UT – Austin, author and reviewer of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

* Ted Glick, coordinator of the U.S. Climate Emergency Council, 1Sky

* Gary Hirshberg, President and CE-YO, Stonyfield Farms Inc

* Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a minister, freedom fighter, hip-hop connoisseur, peace and community activist, and CEO Hip-Hop Caucus

* Peter Illyn, Founder and Executive Director of Restoring Eden: Christians for Environmental Stewardship

* Jim Hightower, National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author

* Br. ChiSing, an ordained disciple of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, spiritual director of Interfaith Mindfulness Ministries in Dallas, Texas.

 

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Attend Empowering Trainings and Workshops

Learn about the issues at stake and develop the skills you need. Workshops and trainings will be led by top trainers from leading national and local organizations including, the National Wildlife Federation, 1Sky, Sierra Club/Sierra Student Coalition, Sustainable Endowments Institute, Oxfam, Climate Counts, Texas Impact, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, Public Citizen, Architecture for Humanity, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Second Nature/American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and more!

 

Featured workshops/trainings (see detailed descriptions here)

* How to Make Your Campus a Climate Champion

* Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism

* Digital Organizing

* How to Fight Coal

* Health and Climate Change

* Spiritual Practice in Sustaining Activism

* How to Develop an Organizational Strategy

* Global Warming Science to Politics: Why 2% Per Year?

* How to Organize the Biggest, Most Kick-Ass Campus-Wide Events

* Building a Broad Based Movement for Green Jobs

* Renewing the Earth: Why the Faith Community is Rising to the Climate Challenge, What They’re Doing and Ways You Can Help

* Climate Change and National Security

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Connect and Party

The Summit will provide ample time to connect, network, and share your visions with other young people from your region. You will also be just blocks away from the hottest night scene in Texas – Austin’s historic 6th St! We also have a special poetry slam session Slam for Change for all participants at the Dominican Joe brought to you by Public Citizen. The slam will see some of Austin’s best poets (some of the best in the country as well!) convey their thoughts on climate change and social change through poetry…at the top of their lungs! You will receive your ticket at the first keynote session on Friday.

 

 

 

Click on the links below for more information about:

Speakers

Workshops and Trainings

Registration Details

Housing and Food

 

 

 

 

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