This Fall, the World Bank will hold their Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. from October 14th – October 19th. SustainUS is sending a delegation of 12 young people (ages 18-28) from the DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro area) to advocate for climate justice and stand in solidarity with frontline communities in World Bank client countries.
In 1944, 43 countries came together in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to help rebuild European countries and promote international economic cooperation after WWII. Here, was born the World Bank. Later re-purposed to “end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way”, the Bank has moved far away from this promise. Despite their public recognition of the threats of climate change, the World Bank continues to funnel money into the perpetrators that lie at the root of the crisis – the fossil fuel industry. Instead of financing energy access to the more than 1 billion people around the world who currently don’t have access to electricity and are most vulnerable in the climate crisis (despite having the least historic fossil fuel emissions) the World Bank prioritizes the interests of the polluting elite over those they claim to be serving.
In the three months leading up to the Annual Meetings, this delegation will come together for community building and partner-led trainings on climate justice, storytelling, media engagement, advocacy, and development finance policy. The delegation will build out strategy for the week of the meetings with the Big Shift Global campaign and with youth on the frontlines of the climate crisis in Bank client countries.