Singapore Youth Climate Activists Attend Global Power Shift Summit [Press Releases]

June 23, 2013 by  
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SINGAPORE — Two young climate activists from Singapore will attend Global Power Shift in Istanbul, Turkey next week, a major summit dedicated to building a global youth movement to solve the climate crisis. This summit will be happening from Monday, June 24, 2013 to Sunday, June 30, 2013 at ITU (Istanbul Technical University) – Maslak / Ayazaga campus.

Out of the over 5000 young people from all over the world who applied to attend the Global Power Shift Summit, 500 participants were selected from 133 different countries.

The Singapore participants are:

  • Nor Lastrina Binte Hamid, 350.org Singapore Coordinator and Team Young NTUC 350 Singapore affinity group team manager.
  • Joyce Chee Zhun Yu, an eco-activist aspired to drive a wide adoption of renewable energy in commercial products and activities, has founded home automation firm eVida Pte. Ltd.

“To me, Global Power Shift embraces this concept of unity in diversity. By learning each other’s stories, struggles and solutions, this is an opportunity for us to stand in solidarity and be more strategic in our effort for the international climate movement,” said Lastrina.

The five-day summit will be a showcase for the strategies and tactics behind many of the most successful social movements and campaigns of the last few years.

During the summit, youth activists will share organising strategies, learn about innovative online tools, map out new climate campaigns, and hear from environmental leaders and activists from around the world such as Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace.

There are five tracks that will take up a chunk of training time each day in which the participants will be diving deep to hone their skills, share their experiences and power ourselves up to deliver impactful and strategic Phase 2 events and mobilisations around the world after Istanbul. Each participant has committed to staying in one track only for the whole summit.

These five different tracks are:
1) Policy
2) Non-Violent Direct Action
3) Digital Campaigning
4) Creative Activism
5) Media & Communications

Lastrina will be following the Media & Communication track while Joyce will be following the Digital Campaigning track.

“We are waiting no more because nature’s siren is unmistakable,” said Joyce Chee. “When we eat too much, we go on a diet. Now there is too much carbon dioxide driving our climate to extremes, we need to find the root cause and reduce emission. Now you would probably understand why we begin with fossil fuel issues.”

After the summit in Istanbul, participants will return to their home countries to help organise national Power Shift summits, mobilisations, and other climate campaigns. For 350 Singapore, they plan to complement the efforts of the local sustainable development goals for 2030, focusing on one of the four strategies, and that is to boost Singapore’s resource efficiency, specifically for energy issues. 350 Singapore plans to contribute to achieving an energy efficient Singapore by 2030, by driving growth in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other sectors. They will be garnering support from like-minded citizens, across all age groups, to design solutions that target specific local energy issues.

Global Power Shift is being organised by the international climate campaign 350.org, with support from partner organisations Avaaz, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, and others. 350.org is named after 350 parts per million, what many scientists consider is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Source: 350 Singapore

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