WAGGGS at Global power shift
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9 Juillet 2013
Global power shift (GPS) was the starting point for a new phase in the international climate movement. Recently, hundreds of climate leaders from around the world gathered in Istanbul to launch a year of new strategy and action for the movement. Now they will fan out across the globe to spark an unprecedented wave of events and mobilizations for climate action.
Luiza Winckler attended for WAGGGS. Here she shares her experience:
“The programme of GPS was designed to emphasize our diversity of approaches to making change in the world, but also to unite us so that we can build a movement that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Parts of the programme focused on building skills, others on learning from each other’s struggles, others to talk about positive solutions, as well as to resist and struggle against the forces that drive climate change. Global Power Shift is about solidarity and interdependence.
We worked with our national teams and also in tracks to develop some new skills, the tracks were: Digital campaigns, Police, Activism, Nonviolent direct action, Media and Communication.
We also had moments to explore other cultures and to meet really inspiring people such as UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.
We also joined the voices of people in Turkey and took part in a demonstration against coal plants in Turkey.
GPS was also an opportunity for all country delegations to design their national plans for phase 2 and put their ideas and skills into action [to tackle climate change]."
I hope that other WAGGGS members can get inspired to join the GPS team in their country and engage girl scouts and girl guides in the movement.”