by Anjali Helferty, Interim Executive Director, Southern Energy Network
We are excited to announce that we are joining our friends in China and India in a race for clean energy! This friendly competition will allow students and young people to support one another in driving our countries, and the world towards clean energy solutions. Read the joint letter below from me, Suren (Indian Youth Climate Network) and Shane (Chinese Youth Climate Action Network and go to www.greatpowerrace.org to sign-up!
The Race Is On
We are young people from 3 of the largest countries on the planet—China, India, and the United States—announcing the launch of the Great Power Race.
The Great Power Race is a clean energy competition between students in China, India, and the United States. The aim is to kick-start hundreds of new climate solution projects on campuses and in communities in all three countries and to demonstrate to governments and businesses our generation's leadership in transforming our world towards a green economy.
The Great Power Race begins now. This spring, we're seeing which country can sign up the most campus teams to take part:
REGISTER A TEAM TODAY!
Not a student? Please send this message on to any students you know in China, India or the US and encourage them to sign up.
You've seen the headlines:
"Asian Nations Could Outpace U.S. in Developing Clean Energy" - The Washington Post, 6/7/09
"Obama Says U.S. Must Win Clean-Energy Race" - The Los Angeles Times, 10/24/09
"China surges ahead of U.S. in clean energy race" - The Hindu, 3/26/10
"China leads world in clean energy investment" - The People's Daily Online, 3/29/10
Ultimately, this is a race for all of humanity -- a race to solve the greatest challenge of our time and to realize the greatest opportunity for a prosperous future.
Each of us works as a coordinator for youth climate movement campaigns in our respective countries, and we're excited to be working on this international campaign together. We're also looking forward to some healthy competition!
So, which country is going to take the lead in registering the most teams for the race? Register your team for the Great Power Race -- www.greatpowerrace.org -- or send this message to any students you know in China, India, and the U.S. and encourage them to sign up.
Our parents raced for the Moon. Our generation will race for the Earth. Ready, set, GO!
–Suren, Anjali, Shane, and everyone at CYCAN, EAC, IYCN, and 350.org
P.S. We know there are a lot of college students on Facebook & Twitter. Can you rally your friends to sign up for the Great Power Race with just a few clicks? For Facebook, click here: http://j.mp/facebook_race For Twitter, click here: http://j.mp/twitter_race