Welcome our newest Agents of Change!
The SustainUS youth delegation to the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-57) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from March 4-15, 2013. The commission is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. More information on the Commission can be found on their website. The following delegates will be following the conference, writing about their experiences, and meeting with other people working on the conference's theme, which is the "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls."
In Sandy’s Wake, NJ Town Environmental Coordinator Journeys To UN Climate Summit Looking For Answers.
When Amanda Nesheiwat stood before the Secaucus, New Jersey Town Council last week the Assemblymen had two questions for their enthusiastic 23-year-old environmental coordinator. First, could she help them understand the relationship between climate change and the horrific storm that had just devastated much of their town? And second, what could she tell them about her upcoming trip to the Middle East?
For the past 10 years we've been sending passionate and talented US youth, mostly high school and college students, to UN summits on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, and women's rights. In that time we've organized and built relationships with young people from all over the world who share our passion for saving our planet and the folks who live on it. Many of these young people come from small island states and other parts of the developing world that are far more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than anything we could imagine here in the US. These are our friends and they're depending on us to get our government to stop obstructing climate progress and become a global leader.
The next (and maybe last) opportunity for a meaningful and binding climate treaty is most likely going to be in 2015, right in the middle of the next Presidential term and yet we haven't heard either candidate lay out a serious plan for addressing the climate crisis. This isn't ok and we're not going to stand by and allow them to remain silent. We're thrilled to support Power Vote's campaign to break the silence on climate change and we hope you will too. Young people all over the world are counting on us.
In the past year, SustainUS members, leaders, and delegates have been busy! From engaging youth in international advocacy on climate change to building policy and media skills for this generation of young leaders, we are continuing to work hard to advance sustainable development.
Thanks to our volunteers and supporters we’ve always been able to create change on a shoestring budget, but we now find ourselves in need of just a bit more support. Organizing trainings, engaging youth in policy-making on climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, and women’s empowerment, and launching our brand new Lead Now Fellowship all requires us to draw on our modest resources.
Our September fundraising goal is a modest $3,000 and every gift counts. Especially with the next round of climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar rapidly approaching, we need to be able to provide delegates with scholarships, get the Lead Now Fellowship up and running, and so much more.
As you may know, SustainUS is completely led by volunteers. Please help us do even more with a generous donation today!
Thanks for your unwavering support!