Climate change poses major health, economic, and environmental threats to youth across the U.S. Some recent estimates put these combined costs at hundreds of billions of dollars. Youth, whose futures are at stake from climate impacts, often lack the skills to educate their peers and communities about climate change threats. Local and national solutions like pollution limits & investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy could reduce these impacts if communities were moved to act.
SustainUS will competitively select 30 youth from climate-impacted communities across the U.S. and train them to educate their communities about climate impacts and use the UN climate talks in Mexico in December to help them mobilize their peers.
Our youth will be trained on climate education & advocacy and taught how to train others. Successful changes to policy locally, nationally, or globally will reduce climate change and thus climate change impacts. Momentum will build for future action.