Tuesday evening, Jonathan Pershing held a briefing for U.S. Youth, and SustainUS showed up in full force to see what he had to say and to ask a few pressing questions. He spoke about what comes next, what we need to get there, how to deal with inconsistencies, and what sort of time frame is feasible. He acknowledged that the US is "late to the game, but we are doing real things to catch up in that context."
When prompted with a question of how youth can be effective at the climate negotiations, he assured that "your voices are heard. I need you guys to be the next generation to figure out the solutions." Chair of SustainUS, Ellie Johnston and Development Director, Louise Yeung, invite Pershing to the US-China workshop we are planning for next week.
For the sixth year in a row, SustainUS has a delegation on the ground at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference. Day one of the negotiations brought a flood of activity--quite literally--we bailed out the first floor of our guesthouse during the wee hours of the morning after torrential rains brought water flowing into the house. Once dry and at COP, we reunited with international youth and got down to work. Second-year delegate, Abigail Borah, took the lead in drafting the international youth speech to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and was chosen to deliver it! We are very excited that SustainUS made such a splash at the start of COP and encourage you to stay posted with what is to come by visiting our blog, liking us on facebook, or following us on twitter.
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