SustainUS Inc.

SustainUS is a youth-led organization advancing justice and sustainability by empowering young people to engage with policy at the international and domestic levels. Our vision is a sustainable world free from systemic injustice.
Oct 31, 2016

SustainUS Fall 2016 Newsletter

Dear friends,

SustainUS is coming out of a leadership transition process and moving forward with strong determination to play an integral role building and supporting leaders in the youth climate movement. Here's a reflection from our new Executive Coordinator, Garrett Blad:

Last year I joined the COP21 delegation inside the Paris Climate Negotiations and was inspired by the power, intention, and resolve of this organization. All of this powered by young people like me who believed deeply that a more just and sustainable world was possible. As SustainUS transitions into a post-Paris world with new leadership, I am excited to narrow in on and expand our work training young people as leaders and storytellers through experiential learning at the UN. Many thanks to the leaders ahead of me who have guided us here, especially former Executive Coordinator Adam Hasz. Let's do this.

With love and respect,

The SustainUS Coordinating Body

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Updates from SustainUS Teams

SustainUS heads to Morocco for COP22 next week! 

After a grounding, clarifying, and inspiring retreat, the COP22 Delegates are preparing to put our skills to work at COP22 through powerful storytelling, media work, direct action and policy advocacy. As the movement continues to build momentum after last year’s Paris Agreement, we are attempting to turn words into relationships and action for global solidarity.

  

Welcome our new #StopTPP Advocacy Fellow!

The SustainUS Advocacy Fellowship Team is excited to welcome Emma Rose as our new #StopTPP Advocacy Fellow. Emma spent the past few years teaching and organizing students through the Real Food Challenge, and is happy to talk to anyone about food system justice, campaign brainstorming or outreach, or our anti TPP actions coming up soon! Based in Seattle, her work will focus on mobilizing young people and organizing actions to show the deep opposition against TPP among millennials.

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections from COP21, one year out

"I remember being heartbroken once that agreement came out – that, despite the efforts of so many, what the world decided to agree to seemed to pale in comparison of what was desperately needed. I can still feel the coldness, the rigid bureaucracy emanating at Le Bourget, the negotiations space that held some of the planet’s most crucial conversations yet barely allowing entry and contribution from the most impacted. I remember feeling so many emotions at the same time- explosive bursts of anger, cycles of regret, an overwhelming despair affirming that this wasn’t enough. I left Paris knowing I had come across a massive undertaking, an understanding that what I experienced there created a lifelong commitment to this work." Read Ryan's full piece here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 8, 2016

August 2016 SustainUS Newsletter

It's been a wild summer for SustainUS. We launched our summer fellowship and selected an incredible COP22 delegation. We played a big role in pushing the DNC to adopt stronger language around trade and climate issues in the party platform. And SustainUSleaders hosted training sessions at the US Climate Action Network conference, the CommonBound New Economy Conference, and Power Shift Northeast. 

In the midst of this exciting work, I have lived much of this summer in a state of anxiety and fear. We have seen far too many lives lost to terror attacks and police violence. Many people have responded to these chaotic times through beautiful vigils and compassionate protests. But polarization and fear has also driven much of the country towards hate. Some days, it seems like the entire political order is breaking down. And there's a very real chance that what comes next will be far worse than the current status quo.

It is on these dark days that SustainUS lifts my spirits. I'm incredibly grateful to have support from this group of compassionate, brilliant, and dedicated young leaders. And I'm confident that we will continue to make big contributions in the lead-up to the election, at COP22, and in the months and years beyond.

With hope, 
Adam Hasz 
Executive Coordinator

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Updates from the SustainUS Teams

Meet our delegation to COP22!

After an inspiring inaugural creative challenge, we have now selected the 14 members of the SustainUS COP22 delegation! Coming from all corners of the country, each of our new delegates is a leader in their own communities. Activists, scholars, artists, poets, photographers, climbers, permaculturalists -- all are bringing a diversity of skills and perspectives to our work advocating for climate justice on the international stage this year. Next month, we will meet for a four-day retreat at Canticle Farm in Oakland, CA to build community, hear one another's stories, and craft our strategy for COP22. Check out our biographies to learn more about our delegation.

 

Convening a conversation on Trade and the New Economy

The SustainUS Trade Team led a full-day workshop on trade and the new economy as part of the CommonBound Conference in Buffalo, New York from July 8 - 10. Our workshop explored how current trade deals like the TPP hurt local new economy development and how new trade models could incentivize justice and sustainability. The overall conference explored several themes including advancing the global movement for a social solidarity economy, democratizing energy, development without displacement, and creating just, ecological, and democratically owned food economies. The conference excelled in showcasing Buffalo’s cooperative movement through walking tours of community development efforts.

 

 

 

Training youth leaders at Power Shift Northeast

The first of four regional Power Shift conferences was held in Philadelphia during the weekend preceding the DNC. SustainUS hosted a workshop on Neoliberalism & International Trade to discuss how global free trade agreements threaten human rights and the environment, and how youth can contribute their organizing efforts to combat such trade deals. We also facilitated a workshop which explored the relationship between energy democracy and anchor institutions. Power Shift Philadelphia concluded with the unveiling of the Power Shift Network, offering those who attended and youth-led organizations an outlet for coordinating action teams for campaigns.  

 

 

Marching for a Clean Energy Revolution

Following the conclusion of Power Shift Philly, we joined hundreds of other Power Shift attendees and took to the streets to join thousands of environmental activists in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. The march, coordinated by Food & Water Watch, demonstrated to policy makers the demand for an end of fossil fuel infrastructure, a ban on fracking, and the need for environmental justice worldwide.

Apr 29, 2016

SustainUS April 2016 Newsletter

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Hi friends,

April was another amazing month for SustainUS. We supported the Democracy Spring protests in DC, lobbied the State Department, challenged the World Bank on continued funding of fossil fuels projects, launched our COP22 creative challenge, and received a $20,000 leadership development grant from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation. 

Now, we're gearing up to join #BreakFree actions - bold mobilizations across the globe to stop fossil fuel projects - and are planning an extended strategy retreat in Vermont.

If you know any young people that want to get more involved in SustainUS, the easiest way for them to plug-in and hear about what is happening across the organization's teams is to join our SustainUS Community Call on Tuesday May 3 at 9:00 pm ET. Please encourage the young advocates and activists you know to join!

Onwards,
Arielle Clynes
SustainUS Coordinating Body

 

Upcoming SustainUS Opportunities

Our Community Call is TUESDAY May 3 at 9:00 pm ET! Join the call to meet otherSustainUS leaders and learn how to join an existing team or create a new one. Click here to register for the call.Register for the Community Call!

SustainUS is hiring! With support from Friends of the Earth, we have funding for a 3-month paid fellow to support the #StopTPP campaign and other climate advocacy. Click here to view the job description.Apply for the Fellowship.

Our COP22 Creative Challenge is live. Watch the webinar recordings, then write and submit your movement story of self! The first challenge entry is due May 1. Click here to submit an entry.Sub

mit an entry for the challenge.

UNFCCC Team: Meeting with State Department on Loss & Damage

During the last two months, I lived in a group house with twenty other organizers working together to organize the Democracy Spring mass mobilization. During this week of sustained sit-ins at the US Capitol, more than 1,400 people were arrested, demanding Congress take immediate action to end corruption and voter suppression. Sign up here to learn what comes next in the movement!

  

UNFCCC Team: Meeting with State Department on Loss & Damage

In addition to launching the COP22 Creative Challenge, the UNFCCC team met with the State Department's Loss & Damage Negotiator, Shereen D'souza, to discuss streams for the UNFCCC Loss & Damage mechanism. We also discussed youth participation in the Warsaw International Mechanism and the importance of the 1.5 degree C target to minimize the suffering of climate-vulnerable countries.

  

Climate Finance Team: Objecting to further funding for fossil fuels

During the spring meetings of the World Bank, we worked with Oil Change International to challenge the Bank on why it continues to fund fossil fuel projects even after the Paris Agreement. Among other interventions, we directly asked the World Bank Executive Directors why the Bank still funds fossil fuel exploration.

  

Amazing Member Update: Becky Chung's journey to Antarctica

In late March I joined the 2041 Foundation for a two-week expedition to Antarctica. I spent months fundraising for the trip with the support of SustainUS. From lectures on the Paris Agreement, to lesson on the history of Antarctic exploration, to the actual exploration of Antarctica - there was never a dull moment. My next adventure is a trip to the Himalayas to help provide villages there with clean energy.

 
   

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