Last year saw SustainUS’s first-ever World Bank delegation – a team of 18 young people from across the U.S. that advocated for a fossil-free future built on affordable, renewable energy, asked difficult questions at high-level meetings, and held direct actions. Their work brought two major victories: President Jim Yong Kim publicly committed the World Bank to reporting their full portfolio carbon emissions in 2018, and two months later went further and committed to end financing of upstream oil and gas by 2019.
To build on this exciting momentum, SustainUS will be sending a D.C.-based delegation to the World Bank’s Spring Meetings from April 16-22nd. We will push the bank to make good on its commitments and to go even further: we want a bank that is transparent, accessible, and paradigm-shifting. A bank that empowers new individuals and communities to combat climate change, not the same multinational corporations and companies that caused it.
Who we’re looking for:
Young people (ages 18-28) who live in Washington D.C. (or commuting distance) who are passionate about climate justice and are ready to learn more about the role international financial institutions play in global climate justice, who can commit to being at the entire week of meetings from April 16-22.
Applications are due on March 9th, at 11:59pm.
In recruiting a D.C. area based team, we aim to build a powerhouse group that can be on the ground throughout the year, showing up at meetings and conferences that international partners and allies can’t get to. (A “World Bank Squad!”) This is an opportunity to work with like-minded folks, make new friends, become a part of a powerful team in your community, and join the vibrant community of other SustainUS leaders across the country.
The SustainUS World Bank delegation will shine a spotlight on the inconsistencies between the World Bank’s mission and its actions. We will build media narratives to render the Bank and its role combating climate change understandable to the public. And we will demand that the World Bank take up its role financing a future that is just and livable. Our lives and the lives of the most vulnerable depend on it.