SustainUS was out in full force for 'Climate Week.' Whit Jones joined our international youth partners at a special UN High-level Summit on Climate to represent youth and children. Read about the Youth Speech on It's Getting Hot in Here. And later in the week, members of SustainUS helped host a rally outside of Bush's "Major Emitters Meeting." Hannah Lee of Columbia University spoke at the rally to declare that President Bush's approach is leading us the Wrong Way and that the UN is the proper forum for climate negotiations.
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This December, the SustainUS Agents of Change program will send a delegation of 22 students and young professionals to the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Bali, Indonesia. Chosen from a highly qualified pool of applicants, our delegates represent the diversity, enthusiasm, and skill of the youth climate movement in the United States.
Since June, the delegation has worked to educate themselves and members of their communities about the issues that will be discussed at the negotiations, develop and present policy recommendations to the UNFCCC, and coordinate with international youth.
Read on to learn more about our Bali delegates. If you would like to assist the delegation in its policy preparation or outreach efforts, consider joining the Agents of Change Policy and Planning Committee.
Earlier this month, 15 SustainUSers from across the country gathered at the Black Rock Forest Lodge for a weekend of organizational planning, good food, and fun. Participants ranged in experience from newbies to alumni, and had a wide variety of backgrounds. Sessions on Agents of Change, Citizen Science, geoclusters, soon-to-be-released web tools, internal communication, and alumni engagement kept everyone busy. On Saturday evening, the group celebrated a few recent birthdays and had a mini-rootscamp, a do-it-yourself model of running conference sessions.
The retreat was also the official start to another year for SustainUS. A big thank-you was given to outgoing Steering Committee members, and a new team was welcomed. Everyone left the lodge excited about what the year will bring!
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The SustainUS retreat is a fantastic way to meet other amazing members, learn more about the organization, and help plan for the upcoming year. The retreat will be held August 4th - 5th at Black Rock Forest Lodge, an eco-friendly conference space outside of New York City. Carpools will leave NYC early Saturday morning and return Sunday evening.
Remember - SustainUS is only as strong as its members! Everyone is welcome!