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S.Dak. Tribal Youths Attend "Power Shift '09"

March 2, 2009

Washington, DC – Thousands of young people from across the country, including South Dakota, are in Washington to participate today in the finale of "Power Shift '09," a national initiative working to encourage the President and Congress to pursue policies that protect the climate by reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs and transitioning towards a clean energy future.

Lisa Madry, the campus field director for the National Wildlife Federation, says the more than 10,000 students who bused to the national capital, among them tribal youth, will be spending today with lawmakers.

"Tribal schools from across North and South Dakota have what they call the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge, so they're coming and will be represented."

Madry says that many of the students who are in Washington were very active in the recent election campaign and feel the first few months of the new administration are critical.

"They voted in higher numbers than ever before in the last election. They're coming to Washington to demand strong, urgent action to address the climate crisis."

Last fall, "Power Shift '09" youth collected more than 341,000 pledges from individuals supporting the creation of green jobs and bigger investment in a clean energy economy. "Power Shift '09" concludes later today.

There's more information at powershift09.org

David Law, Public News Service - SD