On October 19, 2016, New York City ACE Action Fellows attended the Offshore Wind: Charting the Path for the United States panel hosted by New York University’s Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law. The panel of industry and government experts discussed the outlook for wind development off the coast of New York state and the broader US.
The events at Standing Rock have crossed a line in recent days. The standoff took a turn when the National Guard and North Dakota State Police used violent tactics to forcibly remove peaceful water protectors near the site where they’ve been staging a non-violent resistance for several months.
We at ACE stand with Standing Rock and all that this movement is working toward.
Today, our own Melinda Lilly presented ACE's award-winning climate science assembly at the White House as part of a ceremony to honor the winners of the President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and thePresidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).
We at ACE have been deeply affected by the ongoing violence around our country. The attack in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ+ community, the repeated murders of Black people by police, and the recent shootings of police officers, have left us stunned. These events make clear the important work our nation must do to address the systemic racism and xenophobia that threaten people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+ and all people who are marginalized in our society.
Henry, the 6-year-old who is endearingly referred to as Henry the Emotional Environmentalist, now has a new title to be proud of. ACE is excited to announce that Henry is now an Honorary ACE Action Fellow. We wanted to connect Henry with the ACE network of over 400,000 young people who are aren’t waiting until adulthood to take action on climate - they are stepping up to the plate now.
The state legislature passed trailblazing laws in 2008 requiring dramatic emissions reductions in the state’s economy and investment in programs to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Yet, for all of Massachusetts’ supposed progressiveness and political pioneering, there is no doubt that it has not done everything that it can to address climate change.
As part of the Get Loud Challenge, ACE Fellows from New York City joined ACE staff at United Nations headquarters this week for the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and the historic signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. Fellows played a vital role in interviewing celebrities like Forest Whitaker, and notable attendees like the United Nations President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.
"We, together, must unite to save ourselves.”
The Youth Fundraising Advisory Board seeks to collectively fundraise with and for youth in a way that is led by youth.
It is a platform for young leaders to guide youth fundraising and lead peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, engage on organization-wide fundraising strategies, and share fundraising skills with one another to strengthen and sustain climate and interrelated justice movements.
On a Thursday evening in May, my fellow ACE Fellows and I started planning meticulously for our upcoming Lobby Day on June 7th. Lobbying means working to influence the actions of our politicians. A Lobby Day is simply a day dedicated to having meetings with our legislators in order to share our perspectives and priorities with them. During that planning meeting in May, along with the NC WARN Youth Organizing Team, we brainstormed our goals for lobbying. We took the age-old phrase, “practice makes perfect” to heart by pretending to lobby, and then giving each other constructive criticism.