What is COP?
The annual UN climate negotiations, or the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, are where countries of the world come together to discuss global responses to the climate crisis. COP is where the Paris Agreement was developed and agreed upon along with many other protocols for determining future climate action. SustainUS has been showing up at these conferences for many years to advocate for the voice of the youth and make bold statements both inside and outside the halls of negotiation.
This will be SustainUS’ first-ever indigenous-led youth delegation to COP
This year, SustainUS will be sending sending our first-ever indigenous delegation to the 25th COP that is happening in Madrid, Spain from December 2nd to 13th. Our delegation will comprise of indigenous youth leaders from across the nation who have first-hand knowledge and experience with the impacts that climate change is having on frontline communities. We will bring together a team of leaders, artists, organizers, mobilizers, visionaries and solutionaries to weave together our national movement for climate justice and indigenous sovereignty in the face of this administration and global crisis.
We are committed to maximizing the centering and amplification of traditionally oppressed, excluded, silenced and marginalized voices in the discussions of climate change.