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NYC Climate Week 2023
September 2023

Harnessing Power for Change


My grandmother says that you have power unless you give it away. How many folks in this room today truly believe that you have power? Raise your hand. So let’s find out if we truly believe that we have power on three. I’m going to ask everybody to say power 1 to 3. Ha! That’s not bad. Not bad. Let’s try it again. Everyone says power. Power, and this time, let’s actually bring it home. The real change actually happens this time. Say, power to the people. Power. Say power to the people. Power, to the people. And one last time. Say power to the people. Power, to the people. So let’s utilise our power strategically and let’s utilise our power to uplift those who haven’t been, who’ve been unseen and unheard in the past.

“We all have power unless we give it away”. In this clip, Dr. Mustaga Ali passionately calls for everyone to use the power they have to inspire positive change and uplift those who are often overlooked or unheard.

Dr. Mustafa Ali
Executive Vice President
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali serves as the Executive Vice President for the National Wildlife Federation. He is also the founder of Revitalization Strategies, a business focused on moving our most vulnerable communities from “surviving to thriving.” Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, […]
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“We all have power unless we give it away”