On September 21, 2016, in the midst of NYC Climate Week, ACE Fellows, Zora Hall and Hakim Evans, joined Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York City for the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony. Zora and Hakim were part of a historic moment as representatives for ACE and youth taking action on climate change around the world.
On the sidelines of the United Nations Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Ceremony in New York City last week, eight ACE Action Fellows were invited to join a Youth Circle discussion on sustainability with youth from around the world. The Youth Circle event, titled “Sustainability: Our Shared Responsibility,” was hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment during Climate Week NYC and featured over 30 young people and high-ranking UAE officials.
"If there isn't a protest, be the protest" was the motto of the evening at the Rock Against the TPP concert and rally earlier this month. When our group arrived at the TPP rally, there were barely a dozen demonstrators present, and none of them were protesting. We soon realized that we needed to take the lead.
Last week, a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by 21 youth from across the U.S. against the federal government hit another major milestone. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken presided over the latest hearing in the case, Juliana et al v. US Gov, that could be described as David v. Goliath.
Back-to-school time is always exciting for ACE because it means the launch of our annual Action Fellowship. The Action Fellowship, a yearlong intensive advocacy training program, gives young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to be powerful climate leaders now, and for a lifetime.
The massive flooding in Louisiana last week is being called a 500-year flood. 60,000 homes were damaged, 20,000 people were rescued from the flood and 13 people have lost their lives. The cleanup and recovery is only just beginning.