SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:43:58 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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.

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SustainUS is accepting applications for the 2015 Lead Now Fellowship!

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Youth Steering Change Toward Sustainable Development

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: 

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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.

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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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SustainUS COP20 Delegation Releases Vision and Mission Statements

Our Vision

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."

Our Mission

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.

]]> (Admin) Featured AoC Blog Agents of Change Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:01:00 +0000
Meet the SustainUS COP 20 Delegation!

The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected the SustainUS delegation for the UN climate change negotiations this November. Known officially as the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention and the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20 and CMP10), the negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from December 1 to 12, 2014. Delegates will work together and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, develop skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in action related to international climate policy.

Contact the delegation leader, Emily Nosse-Leirer, if you have any questions about this year's or future UNFCCC delegations.

Meet the delegates after the jump!

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SustainUS Stands with Ferguson

This is a different type of post than anything we've posted before. But we think it's a critical one in our work to build a better world. 

Two weeks ago, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, a movement has grown calling for #JusticeForMikeBrown and an end to police violence inflicted upon communities of color. 

We ask SustainUS members to stand in solidarity with the #Ferguson movement and call for racial justice in the United States. We believe truly sustainable development is impossible if communities of color in the United States continue to face police violence and systemic oppression. 

Sustainable development is about more than stabilizing the climate or preserving biological diversity. At its core, sustainable development is a vision of a just world where all people, present and future, can meet their needs. The shooting of Michael Brown shows how far we are from achieving this vision. 

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Statement on the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Yesterday the Obama Administration took its largest step yet to curb dangerous carbon pollution and act on climate change. We acknowledge the President's action as a critical first step, but the Clean Power Plan is far from sufficient. The basic reality is simple: To avoid catastrophic climate impacts, we must limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius and keep over 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. 

The Clean Power Plan needs more ambition, particularly in its 2030 goals. SustainUS Co-Chair Matt Maiorana said: "The Administration's Climate Action Plan claims the U.S. will 'lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts,' but these weak 2030 targets fall far short of what the science says is necessary. We need real aggressive action to catalyze meaningful contributions and an acceptable outcome at COP 21."

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Intervention at the United Nations on Sustainable Energy

It's been an exciting couple of weeks for SustainUS! In addition to the ongoing work of our delegation on the ground at the 52nd Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development, we were able to give an intervention during a Thematic Debate convened by the President of the 68th UN General Assembly, focusing on Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

SustainUS Development Co-Director Collin Rees gave the following statement during the session on Sustainable Energy, calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, a just transition toward a clean energy future, and real action to address the climate change and human rights implications of such a transition. 

Follow @SustainUSAgents on Twitter and check out the SustainUS Facebook Page to stay up to date!

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