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Apply to join the SustainUS CSocD-53 delegation!

SustainUS CSocD-50 delegates Shirley Gao and Ashley Eberhart.

SustainUS is now accepting applications to join the Agents of Change (AoC) youth delegation to the 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD-53), which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from February 4–13, 2015. CSocD-53 is a policy session and addresses the priority theme of this year: "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world". 

Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to social development. In the past, AoC delegates have presented case studies and policy statements on behalf of youth; participated in forums with fellow representatives of civil society; and met with government delegates, international organizations, and the US State Department.

Read more: Apply to join the SustainUS CSocD-53 delegation!

SustainUS is accepting applications for the 2015 Lead Now Fellowship!

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Are you inspired to make positive change in your community? Do you have an idea for global social or environmental action? Are you seeking support for an existing project or one you want to start? Apply now to the Lead Now Fellowship!

We are looking for passionate, driven, youth working on a project in their community and seeking guidance to further develop their leadership and project skills. The Lead Now Fellowship focuses primarily on four aspects:

  • Trainings – A leadership workshop will be held in Washington DC at the beginning of the fellowship. Each month trainings are held through video conference calls to help fellows develop the skills needed to implement successful projects.
  • Mentorship - Each fellow is matched with a mentor who has expertise in a specific area of interest relating to the fellow’s project. Mentors help fellows connect to resources specific to their project and hone their goals and plans throughout the year.
  • Peer Community - Fellows will meet through bi-weekly video conference calls and a three-day leadership workshop. Fellows will build a support network and mentor others in the group to help foster their personal development.
  • Recognition – Each fellow will receive an award to help with project implementation. They will also receive national recognition and media exposure for the work they are doing, and join a talented network of individuals working on the forefront of climate justice.

But don’t take our word for it, here’s a quote from a 2013 fellow “My overall experience was terrific! It was great to be able to travel and connect with like-minded people across the country, share skills and experiences, and try out ideas.”

The Lead Now Fellowship is open to people between the age of 13 and 26 who are US citizens or have lived in the US for more than 6 months. 

The deadline for applications is November 1st and the fellowship starts January 1st. Apply now!

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming involved as a trainer, program mentor, or financial supporter please contact Cat and Makala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SustainUS is committed to supporting a diverse movement, a diversity of people and tactics.

Solving the hardest homework in the world: Universities need a climate change cheat sheet

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.

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Why We March

The People’s Climate March isn’t about transient electoral politics, decades of regulatory failure by Washington, or even the ‘war of words’ between Democrats and Republicans. It’s not about piecemeal reforms led by the EPA to curb domestic emissions or well-intentioned consumer movements to buy local or organic. The People’s Climate March is about a fundamental reorientation of a global movement to make human life on this planet more sustainable, more just, and more worth living.

As an organization, SustainUS: US Youth for Sustainable Development has worked in the global climate space for years, bringing cohorts of youth activists to UN decision-making spaces to hold authorities accountable to the needs of those directly affected by the climate crisis. By amplifying youth voices in the notoriously out of touch UN climate spaces, our members speak truth to power, challenge climate science deniers, and help give a human face to the abstract notion of a shifting global ecological landscape. At the center of our work is a dedication not only to our own communities – those natural and artificial environments in which we were raised – but to the larger international community, to our chaotic, 7 billion member strong human family.

We support the People’s Climate March as an organization and as individual change-agents because it represents, more than any mobilization in recent memory, an international effort to build a climate movement to last.

Read more: Why We March

SustainUS is hiring a Climate Campaign Organizer!

SustainUS is seeking a smart, ambitious and creative Climate Campaign Organizer to lead our new domestic effort to pressure President Obama to lead ambitiously on climate. This is a full-time position through March 31, 2015.

The deadline to apply this position is Wednesday, October 1. For the full job description and application instructions, please go to We look forward to reviewing your applications!

SustainUS delegates at the UNFCCC COP 19 conference in Warsaw, Poland.