Youth Steering Change Toward Sustainable Development
Are you inspired to make positive change in your community? Do you have an idea for global social or environmental action? Are you seeking support for an existing project or one you want to start? Apply now to the Lead Now Fellowship!
We are looking for passionate, driven, youth working on a project in their community and seeking guidance to further develop their leadership and project skills. The Lead Now Fellowship focuses primarily on four aspects:
The People’s Climate March isn’t about transient electoral politics, decades of regulatory failure by Washington, or even the ‘war of words’ between Democrats and Republicans. It’s not about piecemeal reforms led by the EPA to curb domestic emissions or well-intentioned consumer movements to buy local or organic. The People’s Climate March is about a fundamental reorientation of a global movement to make human life on this planet more sustainable, more just, and more worth living.
As an organization, SustainUS: US Youth for Sustainable Development has worked in the global climate space for years, bringing cohorts of youth activists to UN decision-making spaces to hold authorities accountable to the needs of those directly affected by the climate crisis. By amplifying youth voices in the notoriously out of touch UN climate spaces, our members speak truth to power, challenge climate science deniers, and help give a human face to the abstract notion of a shifting global ecological landscape. At the center of our work is a dedication not only to our own communities – those natural and artificial environments in which we were raised – but to the larger international community, to our chaotic, 7 billion member strong human family.
We support the People’s Climate March as an organization and as individual change-agents because it represents, more than any mobilization in recent memory, an international effort to build a climate movement to last.
Solving the hardest homework in the world: Universities need a climate change cheat sheet
“Is Earth fu**ed?” So asked a provocatively titled talk at the 2012 American Geophysical Union, one of the largest gatherings of climate scientists in the world. Frankly, I think the question was rather polite. This summer alone, we’ve learned that giant craters in the thawing Siberian tundra are leaking vast quantities of powerful heat-trapping methane gas into our atmosphere; that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now irrevocably collapsing, committing the world to at least 4 feet of sea level rise – enough to drown Bangladesh; that California is suffering its worst drought in recorded history, with 82% of the state in “extreme drought” and a declared State of Emergency; and that four years of unprecedented dryness helped catalyze the violence in Syria that exemplifies why the Pentagon ranks climate change as an issue of national security. Rather polite indeed.
The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected the SustainUS delegation for the UN climate change negotiations this November. Known officially as the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention and the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20 and CMP10), the negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from December 1 to 12, 2014. Delegates will work together and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, develop skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in action related to international climate policy.
Meet the delegates after the jump!
This is a different type of post than anything we've posted before. But we think it's a critical one in our work to build a better world.
Two weeks ago, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, a movement has grown calling for #JusticeForMikeBrown and an end to police violence inflicted upon communities of color.
We ask SustainUS members to stand in solidarity with the #Ferguson movement and call for racial justice in the United States. We believe truly sustainable development is impossible if communities of color in the United States continue to face police violence and systemic oppression.
Sustainable development is about more than stabilizing the climate or preserving biological diversity. At its core, sustainable development is a vision of a just world where all people, present and future, can meet their needs. The shooting of Michael Brown shows how far we are from achieving this vision.