We are 13 youth climate justice leaders from around the part of the Earth we call the United States: from New York City to Hawai’i, Navajo Nation to California. We are millennials, digital natives, engineers, dancers, tribal members, students, listeners, musicians, scholars, artists, queers, writers, and activists.
We seek to elevate the voice of US youth fighting for climate justice, and though diverse, we know we are not representative of the United States. We are in mourning, working to unearth the uncomfortable, exposing the wounds of our country in order to work for healing. And we are dreaming; we believe in a just and stable future. We are committing ourselves to justice and sustainability, and to strategic mobilization for systemic change.
As young people in the nation that has done most to create the climate crisis, we are inheritors of great responsibility and ecological debt. While we experience climate injustice on our own frontlines, we see clearly the exponential rise of suffering on frontlines beyond our own. We stand with those most vulnerable to this crisis and commit to listening to and amplifying their demands for change. We see that many elements of the “new” world we strive for are in fact ancient. We seek leadership from indigenous peoples globally who have withstood hundreds of years of colonization to still bring forth their wisdom and struggle.
WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
Climate justice: Human displacement is a climate issue
Loss and Damage: Advocating for additional finance dedicated to loss and damage, and demanding that the specifics of a finance roadmap be agreed upon in Marrakech. Also, to see a clear action plan from the Warsaw International Mechanism to address climate displacement
Finance: Demanding that the US and other contributors to the Green Climate Fund follow through on the US$100bn/year commitment, and build a roadmap for expansion to the $1trn + needed
Halting the problem: End the fossil fuel era
#ZeroBy2050 & Long term decarbonization strategies: Advocating for a justice and equity-centered transition to 100% renewable energy and full fossil fuel phase out by 2050
Eliminating corporate influence: Kick the polluters out. To see bold action, the fossil fuel industry cannot hold power in the development of climate policy under the UNFCCC
US administration: Calling on President Obama and the incoming President to halt all fossil fuel leasing on federal public lands and oceans
Building the solutions: Life-giving systems
Regenerative agriculture and soil solutions: advocating for soil-based carbon sequestration to be recognized as a preferred mechanism for mitigation under the Paris Agreement
Cultural transformation: practicing sustainable activism, intentional community-building and nonviolent direct action and communication in an effort to demonstrate the systemic shifts in being needed for climate justice