The past few days have been so exciting for us here at SustainUS, seeing the outpouring of heart and courage so many of you have put towards the first round of our COP22 Creative Challenge, exploring why you engage in our movements for climate justice. If you didn’t submit before the May 1 priority deadline, don’t worry, we will still consider your submissions through the close of the challenge on June 5.

We’re excited to now announce the second and final round of the creative challenge: What? Our Movement Stories.

Your task: create and publish one or more pieces of writing or creative media that explore arguments, demands or analyses of the movements for climate justice

Firm deadline: June 5, 11:59pm ET. Submit here.

This round focuses on the “what” stories – the arguments, demands and analyses of our movements. While in the first round we spoke from our hearts, we now speak more from our heads – what is it that is so troubling about the current state of our society, democracy, energy systems and economy?

We have five suggested topics – from the international Break Free mobilizations that began yesterday, to the role of fossil fuel money in politics – but encourage you to really make the prompt your own. This is your chance to amplify your own work, to write about what really gets you fired up for change.

You can read more about the prompt here. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, where many powerful stories have been shared so far. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.

Morgan Curtis

About Morgan Curtis

As a storyteller, climate activist and educator, Morgan works at the intersection of sustainable community-building and political mobilization, striving to understand how stories shape human relationships, resilience and revolutions. Her first act of protest was at nine years old, hiding her brothers’ lightbulbs to stand for the Amazon and the Niger Delta — places and people she knew only through story. Acting on a feeling of interconnection she knew not how to explain, she flooded her representatives’ offices with letters and became a youth climate change ambassador for London. In university she toured the US on the vegetable-oil powered Big Green Bus, worked with the National Biodiesel Board, and studied engineering in a futile search for climate solutions. It was as co-leader of Divest Dartmouth that she first felt part of an intersectional climate justice movement, reinforced by her storytelling work with inmates and under-resourced high-schoolers. Ever-increasingly seeing climate change as a symptom of deeper cultural crisis, Morgan turned to education as the place where cultural stories are written, working as the Sustainability Fellow at Maine Coast Semester. She first became involved with SustainUS through our COP21 delegation, arriving in Paris by way of Climate Journey: a six month bicycle journey gathering stories from grassroots climate activists in eleven countries. A facilitator of the Work That Reconnects, she most recently lived at Canticle Farm in Oakland, CA, and is a 2016-17 Spiritual Ecology Fellow, exploring two questions: is the climate justice movement serving as a spiritual awakening for millennials? Does it need to succeed?

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