SustainUS is excited to announce the selection of the second class of Lead Now Fellows. From all over the US and from a myriad of backgrounds, the new class of Fellows are strengthening their leadership skills as they develop creative projects to advance sustainability in their communities. They will be supported by SustainUS through trainings, mentorship, and funding to extend their leadership and project development to new depths.
The 2015 Lead Now Fellows are an inspiring group of young people that are not only developing their own leadership capabilities, but creating positive and lasting change in their communities. From a website that gives people a platform o share their experiences with climate change, to developing curriculums for teaching school aged children about the environment, the Lead Now Fellows have a vision for change.
SustainUS's Agents of Change program has officially CLOSED its application period for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women. A HUGE thank you to the excellent candidates who applied, and to all who passed along the application or recommended potential applicants.
SustainUS is committed to supporting a diverse movement -- a diversity of people and voices, as well as a diversity of tactics.
Solving the hardest homework in the world: Universities need a climate change cheat sheet
“Is Earth fu**ed?” So asked a provocatively titled talk at the 2012 American Geophysical Union, one of the largest gatherings of climate scientists in the world. Frankly, I think the question was rather polite. This summer alone, we’ve learned that giant craters in the thawing Siberian tundra are leaking vast quantities of powerful heat-trapping methane gas into our atmosphere; that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now irrevocably collapsing, committing the world to at least 4 feet of sea level rise – enough to drown Bangladesh; that California is suffering its worst drought in recorded history, with 82% of the state in “extreme drought” and a declared State of Emergency; and that four years of unprecedented dryness helped catalyze the violence in Syria that exemplifies why the Pentagon ranks climate change as an issue of national security. Rather polite indeed.
We’ve probably all heard of the Five Stages of Climate Grief. It has its roots in the Five Stages of Grief, and refers to the emotional processing our society uses to cope with climate change.
First you are in denial. You deny that the earth is warming, you deny the severity of climate change, and you deny that current human activities could cause it.
Next, you become angry that corporations and government have allowed for and financed such reckless exploitation, creating climate chaos; or you are angry that environmentalists are demanding that people change their habits and give up their comforts for the polar bears.
Next, you bargain. We trade scientific fact for political gain, trade carbon credits for a few more years of uncontrolled burning, and trade our logical minds for a monopolized media that will tell us that the science isn’t that serious and we will all be ok.
We strive to demand climate justice for our generation and for those to come. We dream of a future where environmental, social, and economic sustainability go hand in hand, made true by emboldened citizens and leaders who grasp the urgency of the climate crisis, and who rise to meet the occasion. We believe in the creativity, fortitude, and power of people – especially youths – to recast the status quo and rewrite our future."
Through proactive research, outreach, and advocacy – balancing activism and policy engagement – we strive as a COP 20 youth delegation to:
MOTIVATE: Galvanize a sense of generational mission in youths by empowering young people worldwide to become actively engaged in addressing the climate crisis, so that we may serve as a catalyst for positive change.