We Train Youth to Lead


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Our future is at stake


Young people need skills to mobilize



SustainUS is the only youth organization that engages at the intersection of national and international politics.

2019 was our biggest year yet.

In the last 12 months we

  • launched a 6-month Climate Action Fellowship ahead of the UN Climate Summit in NYC in September 2019. The fellowship trained NYC youth in organizing, advocacy, and media skills ahead of the historic summit to fight for the future of our generation.
  • hosted a Global Conference of Youth, with over 200 young leaders from around the world joining us to share, learn, and build a more powerful movement together.
  • sent a delegation of young indigenous people to COP25, the UN Climate Talks in Madrid, where we stood up to big polluters, led 500,000 protesters on a march against the Teck Frontier oilsands mine in Alberta, and demanded developed countries to “step up, pay up” to meet their Paris Agreement targets.

And we are just getting started.

In 2020, we are launching our most ambitions campaign yetkicking fossil fuel interests out of the international negotiating table for good. Support our work by chipping in and joining SustainUS today.

Our Impact

We develop lifelong leaders to be effective
“Agents of Change”

We nurture and train new generations of advocates to commit for the long haul to work for a just and sustainable society. We prioritize depth over breadth. We skill-up young people by connecting them to a global community of change-agents. We learn by engaging in immersive experiences that have real impact, today and tomorrow.

We advocate for effective policies for justice and sustainability

Wherever global decisions are made, we empower young people to shift the narrative toward justice and sustainability. Sound policymaking cements social movements’ victories into law at domestic and international levels. We work with global allies who share our vision to challenge injustice at the deepest levels, pushing for long term solutions over short term wins.

Over 600 media hits including articles, press releases, and interviews about SustainUS work have been published in the past 5 years
SustainUS has trained more than 900 youth to tell their stories, shape culture, build power, and pass their training on to others
SustainUS members have received 7 Brower Youth Awards through their commitment to climate justice

We train, connect, and empower young leaders to engage strategically in policy fights within the following three broad areas:

1. The end of the fossil fuel era

We seek zero global fossil fuel emissions by 2050, a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and a just transition to 100% renewable energy that prioritizes workers.

2. Development grounded in justice

We are coalition partners in hard-hitting national campaigns to stop corporate trade deals, protect human rights, and increase the flows of climate finance to those who need it most.

3. An inclusive and vibrant democracy

We helped establish the formal recognition of young people within the UNFCCC and are now working to limit the influence of money in U.S. politics.

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We refuse to allow established leaders to sell us incremental change as the only solution to global crises. We train young people to make history. Today and tomorrow.