There are so many challenges in the world, how do you pick one to focus your energies on? For SustainUS Lead Now Fellow Amira Odeh the answer was straightforward after a professor prompted her and classmates to research disposable bottled water waste and Amira was reminded of the devastating drought that Puerto Rico faced in the mid-nineties. Learn more about what she has done from there...
SustainUS is a small organization that has no full-time staff, but is fueled by an incredible team of passionate young people. Every year we must raise a few thousand dollars to cover our operating expenses. This includes things like our website, postal mailbox, meeting expenses, etc. Our thriftiness goes far, but people like you -- a SustainUS member, alumni, friend of SustainUS, and even someone just passing through -- give every year to keep SustainUS up and running. Do you like what we're doing? Can you chip in to help us continue to help other young people lead? Even a few dollars will go far when multiplied by the commitment of our volunteer leaders.
Over the past months, SustainUS has been actively involved in the post-2015 discussions at the United Nations Headquarters. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is an UN process that is seeking to develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new set of goals that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The process was a significant outcome for the Rio+20 Conference.
Even though the MDGs provided a set of development goals that rallied the international community behind a shared understanding of poverty eradication, development experts recognized the need for a more holistic development agenda. The MDGs overemphasized economic poverty and gave limited attention to the structural cases of poverty, population dynamics, or sustainable development. Moreover, the historical and economic context in which the MDGs were anchored has changed and it becomes vital to find a new set of development goals that reflect the challenges of today’s world.
The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected the SustainUS delegation for the UN climate change negotiations this November. Known officially as the 19th session of the Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention and the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP19 and CMP9), the negotiations will be held in Warsaw, Poland from November 11 to 22, 2013. 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.
Meet the delegates after the jump!
Last week, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan, which lays out a series of executive actions to address climate change. SustainUS is happy to see the president draw much-needed attention to the issue, but we feel that the Plan needs to be more ambitious in order to address one of the biggest challenges faced by our generation. The SustainUS Steering Committee developed a response statement that includes our suggestions on ways to strengthen the Climate Action Plan to safeguard our future. We hope the President listens carefully to the concerns of young people and leads on climate change.