Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Training with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project

Thirty-five years ago, I started telling the story of the climate crisis because the scientific experts were growing alarmed and because I believed each person could make a difference. Now, more than ever, I know this is true. Today, I’m inviting you to join me to become a Climate Leader.

Climate Leaders are an incredible group of people. They come from all around the world with one common goal: to solve the climate crisis. The task is not an easy one, but it is worthy of the best in us.

If you want to join the growing number of Climate Leaders, please consider attending one of the two training sessions this summer — one in Istanbul in June or the other in Chicago in July.

At the training, you’ll work with me personally and with some of the best scientists, strategists, communicators, and organizers in the world in order to learn about climate science and develop skills you’ll use for the rest of your life.

You’ll learn what it means to be an effective communicator, work closely with other grassroots leaders in your region and around the world — and emerge ready to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge.

To find out more about this unique opportunity and apply today, click here.

Al Gore
Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Discussion Question 7

Okay -- honest reflection time.

What are you taking away from this course? Looking ahead, how do you see yourself contributing to efforts to respond to the deteriorating environmental condition? What particular insights will you carry from our readings, speakers, discussions, etc into your life and your work?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts on these questions as our course draws to a close.

Apply to be part of SustainUS Agents of Change!

The SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) program is now accepting applications to join our youth delegation to the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 
The conference will take place November 11-22, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. 

Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world. In the past, AoC climate 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. Delegates will work as a team in advance of the conference to influence key State Department officials and connect with the larger youth climate movement, both in the United State and around the world.

The COP19 delegation is especially important because of the UNFCCC’s goal of negotiating a new global climate deal by 2015. This leaves less than three years to find a pathway to accomplish an ambitious global agreement. While COP 19 delegates will not see the end results of a global agreement, they will be essential in shaping SustainUS’s longer term strategy for the next several years.

Find out more and apply before May 12th at sustainus.org/apply-cop19. Please direct questions to AoC coordinators Alyssa Tsuchiya and Yi Wang at agents[at]sustainus.org.

SustainUS Membership Communications Coordinator

communicationscoord@sustainus.org | www.sustainus.org | @SustainUSAgents


SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people ages 13-26 advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education and advocacy at the policymaking and grassroots levels, SustainUS members are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives. Learn more at sustainus.org.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Santa Clara University Sustainable Urban Agricultural Systems Summer Class

Santa Clara University is offering a new summer class on sustainable urban agricultural systems from June 20 – July 25, 2013. This class will help students learn practical skills of producing food in the city while tackling broader policy issues related to urban food justice.  The course includes:
  • Weekly field trips to Bay Area Farms
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Internship opportunities
  • Hands-on workshops in Santa Clara University's garden
This class is for people interested in growing their own food, garden-based education, food justice and healthy cities.

If you are interested or have questions, please feel free to contact Joanna Ahlum (jahlum@scu.edu).  Enrollment information available at:http://www.scu.edu/summer/

Discussion Question 6

Two options for your blog posts this week:

1. What did you make of the panel discussion at Wednesday's class? What insights / questions were you left with?


2. Please comment on this new piece by Bill McKibben. Do you share his sense that the "fossil fuel resistance" is gaining strength? Where do you see yourself in relation to that movement?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Become a Climate Leader

Join Climate Reality Leadership Corps!

This year, the Climate Reality Project will conduct trainings around the world for the next generation of Climate Leaders, who will in turn become part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Already, more than 4,000 Climate Leaders from 58 countries are educating people about the climate crisis and how we can solve it.

Click here to learn more about the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and apply to become a Climate Leader and join this global community today.

Tranings are in Istanbul in June or in Chicago in July.

More than ever before, the climate crisis is creating a new reality for millions around the world. From Australian farmers losing their crops to bushfires, to New Yorkers rebuilding neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy, to crippling droughts throughout Central and Eastern Asia, Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. that are compromising the regions’ food security—the consequences of the climate crisis are growing more intense. Even as the severity of the climate crisis grows, many people don’t yet understand how it touches them personally or what they can do about it.

We need more Climate Leaders across the world to lead a carbon conversation about solutions and spread the truth about the climate crisis. Join us to become one of these leaders today.

In a three-day training, Climate Leaders learn the latest climate science and best practices for connecting the dots between the facts about climate change and the daily lives of their audiences, in simple and accessible terms. They emerge as energized and skilled communicators with the knowledge, tools, and passion to educate and empower diverse audiences and communities to help solve the climate crisis.

Together, we have an enormous opportunity to communicate the reality of climate change. With your help as a Climate Leader, we can do this person by person, family by family, and city by city.