SustainUS CSocD-50 delegates Shirley Gao and Ashley Eberhart.
SustainUS is now accepting applications to join the Agents of Change (AoC) youth delegation to the 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD-53), which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from February 4–13, 2015. CSocD-53 is a policy session and addresses the priority theme of this year: "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world".
Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to social development. In the past, AoC delegates have presented case studies and policy statements on behalf of youth; participated in forums with fellow representatives of civil society; and met with government delegates, international organizations, and the US State Department.
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:
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 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.
We strive to demand climate justice for our generation and for those to come. We dream of a future where environmental, social, and economic sustainability go hand in hand, made true by emboldened citizens and leaders who grasp the urgency of the climate crisis, and who rise to meet the occasion. We believe in the creativity, fortitude, and power of people – especially youths – to recast the status quo and rewrite our future."
Through proactive research, outreach, and advocacy – balancing activism and policy engagement – we strive as a COP 20 youth delegation to:
MOTIVATE: Galvanize a sense of generational mission in youths by empowering young people worldwide to become actively engaged in addressing the climate crisis, so that we may serve as a catalyst for positive change.