Students from all across the Valley are heading to Washington D.C. this weekend to demand action on climate, energy and the economy. There they will join 10,000 other students from across the state.
The students are attending Power Shift 2009, a four-day summit including seminars, a green career fair, activist training, and students lobbying congress for environmental change. Thirty students from James Madison University will attend.
"Getting our voices heard, which I think is really important. I feel a lot of people think our generation is apathetic and with a day like this we can really show that we're not," says JMU sophomore Elizabeth Chenevey.
"Not all of us have the tools or the know how to do what needs to be done, so that's what these conferences are about to learn these tools and help all of our communities adjust towards a low carbon future," adds JMU senior Marley Green.
The event will feature a range of speakers, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.