This morning, SustainUS Agents of Change delegates Amy Frieder and Kelly McGlinchey worked together to give an excellent intervention on youth involvement in the UN process, economic justice, and the importance of environmental sustainability. They spoke at the 52nd UN Commission on Social Development, where they are part of the SustainUS delegation.
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SustainUS is pleased to recognize the recent appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the UN Special Envoy for Climate and Cities. We appreciate and support the United Nations’ continuing recognition of the importance of urban spaces in the fight against climate change. With over 50% of the world’s population living in cities and that number rising every day, urban policy offers an important and effective way to address issues of sustainability, development, resilience, and social justice.
We're launching a new initiative called Climate Action Lab to incubate youth-driven campaigns that push for ambitious domestic action on climate change. We’ll take groups of 8 to 10 committed young activists, put them together in a house (with expenses covered!) for three months, and help them run campaigns pushing for tangible policy change on climate. Climate Action Lab will be inaugurated with one house this spring, followed by a national expansion this summer.
Right now, we’re looking for skilled young organizers to form the inaugural class of Climate Action Lab Fellows this spring in Washington, DC. These Fellows will live together in a group climate activist house from March 3rd - May 25th and run a campaign focused on securing ambitious EPA carbon standards. Fellows will engage in direct action, media work, lobbying, canvassing, grassroots organizing, and a variety of other tactics. In addition, the Spring Fellows will help develop the full Climate Action Lab model for summer expansion.
An outstanding group of young people set out for UN headquarters in New York for this year's Commission on Social Development (CSocD-52) from February 11-21. The theme of CSocD-52 is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all." This Agents of Change delegation will be engaging in the policy discussion by developing and giving policy statements, working with other NGOs and youth, and finding ways to advance the SustainUS sustainable development policy position around CSocD.
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SustainUS is recruiting Spring Fellows for a new national initiative, Climate Action Lab. The idea is simple: get a bunch of smart climate activists together and let them take it from there. You’ll live in DC in a house with other activists, campaign for strong EPA carbon standards, and prepare Climate Action Lab for nationwide expansion. SustainUS is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and experiences.