SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:32:42 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Announcing the 2015 Lead Now Fellows!

SustainUS is excited to announce the selection of the second class of Lead Now Fellows. From all over the US and from a myriad of backgrounds, the new class of Fellows are strengthening their leadership skills as they develop creative projects to advance sustainability in their communities. They will be supported by SustainUS through trainings, mentorship, and funding to extend their leadership and project development to new depths.

The 2015 Lead Now Fellows are an inspiring group of young people that are not only developing their own leadership capabilities, but creating positive and lasting change in their communities. From a website that gives people a platform o share their experiences with climate change, to developing curriculums for teaching school aged children about the environment, the Lead Now Fellows have a vision for change.

]]> (Patrick Lau) Featured Lead Now Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:26:29 -0700
CSW Delegation Applications CLOSED!

SustainUS's Agents of Change program has officially CLOSED its application period for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women. A HUGE thank you to the excellent candidates who applied, and to all who passed along the application or recommended potential applicants. 

The Agents of Change Coordinators and SustainUS Steering Committee will now work to select this year's delegation, and will notify all applicants of their status as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please reach out at And please be on the lookout for future applications and other opportunities to be involved with SustainUS!

SustainUS is committed to supporting a diverse movement -- a diversity of people and voices, as well as a diversity of tactics. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Agents of Change Coordinators at 

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured Agents of Change Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:01:12 -0700
Stop accepting climate change, get active.

We’ve probably all heard of the Five Stages of Climate Grief. It has its roots in the Five Stages of Grief, and refers to the emotional processing our society uses to cope with climate change.

First you are in denial. You deny that the earth is warming, you deny the severity of climate change, and you deny that current human activities could cause it.

Next, you become angry that corporations and government have allowed for and financed such reckless exploitation, creating climate chaos; or you are angry that environmentalists are demanding that people change their habits and give up their comforts for the polar bears.

Next, you bargain. We trade scientific fact for political gain, trade carbon credits for a few more years of uncontrolled burning, and trade our logical minds for a monopolized media that will tell us that the science isn’t that serious and we will all be ok.

]]> (Emily Williams) Featured AoC Blog Agents of Change Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:21:00 -0700
Solving the hardest homework in the world: Universities need a climate change cheat sheet

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.

]]> (Geoffrey Supran) Featured News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:06:12 -0600
SustainUS COP20 Delegation Releases Vision and Mission Statements

Our Vision

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."

Our Mission

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.

]]> (Admin) Featured AoC Blog Agents of Change Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:01:00 -0600
Meet the SustainUS COP 20 Delegation!

The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected the SustainUS delegation for the UN climate change negotiations this November. Known officially as the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention and the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20 and CMP10), the negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from December 1 to 12, 2014. Delegates will work together and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, develop skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in action related to international climate policy.

Contact the delegation leader, Emily Nosse-Leirer, if you have any questions about this year's or future UNFCCC delegations.

Meet the delegates after the jump!

Featured News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:19:00 -0600
SustainUS Stands with Ferguson

This is a different type of post than anything we've posted before. But we think it's a critical one in our work to build a better world. 

Two weeks ago, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, a movement has grown calling for #JusticeForMikeBrown and an end to police violence inflicted upon communities of color. 

We ask SustainUS members to stand in solidarity with the #Ferguson movement and call for racial justice in the United States. We believe truly sustainable development is impossible if communities of color in the United States continue to face police violence and systemic oppression. 

Sustainable development is about more than stabilizing the climate or preserving biological diversity. At its core, sustainable development is a vision of a just world where all people, present and future, can meet their needs. The shooting of Michael Brown shows how far we are from achieving this vision. 

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Statement on the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Yesterday the Obama Administration took its largest step yet to curb dangerous carbon pollution and act on climate change. We acknowledge the President's action as a critical first step, but the Clean Power Plan is far from sufficient. The basic reality is simple: To avoid catastrophic climate impacts, we must limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius and keep over 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. 

The Clean Power Plan needs more ambition, particularly in its 2030 goals. SustainUS Co-Chair Matt Maiorana said: "The Administration's Climate Action Plan claims the U.S. will 'lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts,' but these weak 2030 targets fall far short of what the science says is necessary. We need real aggressive action to catalyze meaningful contributions and an acceptable outcome at COP 21."

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:18:22 -0600
Intervention at the United Nations on Sustainable Energy

It's been an exciting couple of weeks for SustainUS! In addition to the ongoing work of our delegation on the ground at the 52nd Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development, we were able to give an intervention during a Thematic Debate convened by the President of the 68th UN General Assembly, focusing on Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

SustainUS Development Co-Director Collin Rees gave the following statement during the session on Sustainable Energy, calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, a just transition toward a clean energy future, and real action to address the climate change and human rights implications of such a transition. 

Follow @SustainUSAgents on Twitter and check out the SustainUS Facebook Page to stay up to date!

]]> (Collin Rees) Featured Aoc General Agents of Change Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:50:00 -0700