Here are some of the final submissions from the Creative Challenge, our application for the youth delegation to COP23, the 2017 UN Climate Negotiations. From policy papers to oil paintings, and from podcasts to local opinion editorials, these pieces all convey why and how young people around the U.S. are working for climate justice. Read, listen, observe… be inspired!

Art, the Environment, and Teaching – Isabella Pardalesreflection writing and curriculum (above)

The Post That Started It AllIvy Chen – blog post

I’m A Vegetarian Because I Hate ContradictionsIvy Chenblog post

Behind Closed Doors: Sit-In Negotiations and Penn’s Blatant HypocrisyZachary Rissmanopinion editorial in university newspaper

Displacement: What is at StakeAmanda Milesvideo

An Open Letter to the People and Governments of the WorldZachary RissmanIndivisible blog

One Fork At A TimeIsabella Pardalesmini-documentary

In Case You Were Wondering: Here is the Behind the Scenes of the CSSC Power Shift ConvergenceAmanda Milesblog post reflection

Sustainable Development Goal: Water and Sanitation in the Pacific IslandsAmanda MilesInfographic

The Millennial MalaiseJamie Tyberg canvas bags (above)

Here’s why so many young people are joining the climate march – Morissa Zuckerman – opinion editorial

What if we told you? – Christopher Roundprotest poster

Earth Day: Hawaiian Chant and Story TellingKeoni DeFrancovideo of traditional Hawaiian oli (chant)

Meet the globetrotting cyclist collecting 1,001 climate change storiesDevi Lockwoodarticle in The Guardian 

An Invitation to Change EverythingAlex Ortizpersonal blog 

Indigeneity & SustainabilityMichael Charlesvideo story (above)

Why I Do What I DoKate Weinerpersonal essay, Loam Magazine

When Green Means White: Rethinking Growth in DetroitBean Cranecreative nonfiction essay

Wisdom of Youth (Conversation on Climate Change)Troy Robertsonvoice memo

A Really Really Free Market on Earth Day: Thoughts on Value, Labor and Material Culture in Late CapitalismAmelia Diehlopinion editorial

Waking Up at the End of the World – Jonathan Kirschblog, The Millennial Times

Birds and Bees – Lucia Whalenmusical composition (above)

How One Activist Is Using A Networking App To Fight Climate Change – Jonathan Kirschblog post

I’m a Millennial: Climate Change – Jonathan Kirsch – video

The People’s Climate Movement and why it’s more about the “people” than the “climate”Zachary Rissmanopinion editorial in university newspaper

Steeped: Tea, Climate Change and the Groundedness of Blue Amelia Diehlpersonal essay

The Quest for Climate JusticeJoshua Nodiffinteractive essay

My Climate StoryKarrie Quirininterview on Climate Stories podcast (above)

‘They asked me to write a poem to save the world’Annabelle Acton-Bondblog post

Food Insecurity: A Social Construct or a Problem?Emma Keelingessay

Waiting for ChangeEmma Keelingpoetry

National Parks: A Double Life – Emma Keelingessay

Native Americans: National Parks to Pipelines – Emma Keelingessay

Compassion in Action: and the Spiritual Ecology of Translating Sky Dragons into Power GridsKyle Lemlearticle in Kosmos Journal

Portrait of Peaceful Resistance – Joyce Zhouwatercolor painting (above)

Your Place or Mine? – Georgia Reidstorymap

Environmentalism in the #Succulent Generation – Mara Mossopinion editorial

Analyzing the Instrumentalization of Affect of American Think Tank WebsitesMichaela Mujica-Steineracademic research

Mixed Race in the Climate Justice MovementEva Malisarticle in Torrey House Press

Spring STEM CampJoyce Zhouvolunteer service project/curriculum

Great Turning | Thrive ChoirKyle Lemle song and accompanying street choir (above)

Youth Impact Panel at Worlds Largest Earth Day EventCade Emory Teradapanel speaker (video)

Standing Rock, Moahdak Do’ag, and the Pervasiveness of Cultural WarfareKayla DeVaultblogpost

Words UngluedSkylar Henryblogpost and artwork

No More Dead Zones: My Journey to the Fight for Climate JusticeAllie Rosenbluthblogpost

The Five Stages of Climate Grief – Susan Davidsonartwork (above)

Divest UPenn Sit-InZachary RissmanNowThis video interview

A Very Long ConversationRainey Aberlevideo poetry

Ripe for TransformationKate Weiner – personal essay, Loam Magazine

Patient Name: Mother Earth – Karrie Quirinpoem in Climate Justice Poetry Open Mic Night

In defense of life itself: What I learned from indigenous women in Guatemala – Rebecca HayduWhyHunger blog and photo essay

Sweet Home, Louisiana – Madelyn Smithspoken word poetry

The Cracks are Where the Light Shines ThroughMichaela Mujica-Steinershort story

LatinX and the Climate Justice Movement: Something New to the Table – Andrea Schmidpodcast (above)

Over and Around – Susan Davidsonpersonal reflection, blog post

Arctic Youth Have SolutionsCade Emory Teradaquoted tweet from U.S. Embassy in Finland

Why I Fight Annemarie Manleypoetry and photography

Louisiana Gone – Madelyn Smithphotography book (photo featured above)

Letter to the Children I Will Not Have – Astrian Horsburghpoetry and video

Healthy Ecosystem Healthy ME/Why I Fight Sofia Ramckepersonal essay

Where does it come from and where does it go?Lena Greenbergvideo (above)

San Francisco March for ScienceIvy Chenblog post

Reflection on the People’s Climate MarchAnnemarie Manleyblog post

Ranchers and Tribes Unite Once Again to Fight Keystone XLDevi Lockwoodarticle in YES! Magazine

Resisting Capitalism: the Coloring Book Bean Crane zine and coloring book

Write Your RepsGiuliana Viglioneseries of outreach postcards (above)

How Can Design Be Used To Create A More Sustainable Future?Isabella Pardalesartwork

What Could a March do for the Climate Movement?Annemarie Manleyblog post

Building ResilienceDanielle Neighbourwhite paper

Alaska Youth for Environmental ActionCade Emory Twradafundraising video (above)

We are the ones we’ve been waiting forEspoir DelMainblog post on Climate Generation

Fleur de lis Litter Letter – Karrie Quirincollaborative artwork

Climate Marches Are Useful, But Real Work Has to Follow – Isabella Pardalesletter to the editor

Sustainability minor? Career path? What I’m most excited about? – Ivy Chenblog post

ErasureJoyce Zhouoil painting

Innovation versus Desecration: A Look at the Up-versus-Downstream – Amanda Milesresearch essay

Latrobe Valley: Jobs, Hope and a Just TransitionBean Cranepodcast (below)

Women in Resistance – Rebecca Hayduphoto essay

The Essential Role of Art in the Building of a Movement – Lucia Whalenblog post

“Clean This Place, Don’t Displace”: Activists Battle for Environmental Justice in Washington, DCDevi Lockwoodarticle in Truthout

Still LifeJoyce Zhoupoetry

Option vs. Option – Susan Davidsonartwork

Dionysus : Tristeria, Old | New Myths and Man’s Battle against NatureAnya Gleizerpainting, sculpture, performance (above)

Protect Moadag Thoag: Arizona DOT and Federal Highways Threaten Sacred Mountain with Loop 202 ProposalKayla DeVaultcall-to-action article

After This Long Night, A New Day Will Come – Michaela Mujica-Steinerpersuasive essay

Why we march for climate, jobs and justice // Por qué marchamos por el clima, trabajos y justiciaAllie Rosenbluthopinion editorial

Why the Fossil Fuel Divestment Still MattersChristopher Roundblog post

Earth Day Community CleanupJoyce Zhoucommunity volunteer event

What’s this all aboutBean CraneThe Re-Everything Project

We Must Disobey, CivillyZachary Rissmanblog post

The Solar (dis)Incentive – Sofia Ramcke – blog post

The Challenge closes on June 1st. Stay tuned for more final submissions!