What is COP22?
COP22 is the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is the main annual meeting of all nations under the UNFCCC to build and strengthen intergovernmental climate policy. COP22 will be from November 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco.
What is SustainUS?
At SustainUS, we believe that young people should have a voice in the policy decisions that will shape our future. We are a youth-led organization and have worked for years to build youth delegations to advocate for justice and sustainability in United Nations meetings on sustainable development, climate change, eradicating poverty, biodiversity loss, and women’s rights.
What does the delegation do?
We work to advance climate justice both at the UN and domestically. We work from within and without, lobbying and putting direct pressure on the US government with direct actions and stories that shift the narrative on international climate politics. We work directly with youth and civil society climate leaders from all over the world, from policy groups like CAN-International to frontline groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance. We develop our own voices, working with international media from Democracy Now to the Guardian to AP.
In Morocco, we will live in a collective house, building the community needed to undertake strategic actions, direct advocacy and alternative storytelling on a world stage.
What does the commitment look like?
The delegation will begin work in mid-June, and spend the months before COP22 building relationships and preparing our advocacy platform. You can expect ~3 hours a week of work during this time, plus at least 1 weekend-long team retreat. We will travel to Marrakech, Morocco in early November, and attend COP22 from November 7-18, 2016. After COP22 the majority of the team will remain engaged with SustainUS and UNFCCC advocacy, with some choosing to attend inter-sessional negotiations. We will also play a role in shaping the program moving forward and choosing next year’s delegates.
Who are you looking for?
We are looking for a team of action-oriented climate justice organizers, advocates and storytellers, aged 18-29. We are looking for risk-takers. For young people who are not afraid to challenge themselves. This isn’t based on your resume, but on your willingness to jump to the next level in the work you do.
How do I apply?
First step: Our call for interest was open through April 12. We have now closed this phase of the application, but will consider late entrants to the challenge on request. Please email Morgan Curtis, our COP22 Delegation Leader, to explore this possibility.
Second step: Start the creative challenge! You only need to publish one work to be considered active in the process. Of course, we encourage you to do as much as time allows, and the more you challenge yourself to create, the better chance you’ll have to join our team.
Is there any cost to participation?
We strive to ensure finance will never be a barrier for your participation in a SustainUS delegation. We seek grant funding as a group and will support you to fundraise individually through crowd-funding or seeking support from your university or employer. Costs include housing, travel and food.
What are the eligibility requirements?
SustainUS is a US youth organization. To join our work, you must either be a US Citizen, or currently living in the United States. So you can be living abroad and participate if you are also a US citizen, or you could not be a citizen but must have US residency. Additionally, you must be between 18-29 years of age on Nov 1st, 2016.