Youth Column

 

Hey everybody

This is your own UU Youth column for comments on climate change and global warming. Let's show the world that you really are doing something about this big problem! What can you do to get the facts out on global warming and how can you help? Discussing and organizing action is the purpose of the Youth Column

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There are lots of things we can DO to ACT on climate.

Here's WHY we should act on climate:

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Here's all you need to do in order to participate in the Climate Portal Youth blog:

1. Become a member of this Climate Portal

2. Then you can write something on the Youth Blog

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UUMFE Young Adults for Climate Justice

This is an exciting new group. HERE is where you can learn more.

Here is an example of young adult action.

Young Adults for Climate Justice at General Assembly, 2013

"We create a theological, ethical, and environmental justice frame for this conversation by exploring how values shape consumption patterns, resource distribution, resource extraction, and disposal patterns. We will then have a panel of young adult climate justice organizers share their organizing stories and praxis with workshop participants."

So go ahead - do your own thing. Create your own climate action plan. DO IT.

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COUNTER THE CONTRARIANS!

Here is a really important suggestion for concrete action - learn and use educational material to  "Counter the Contrarians". This will be useful in helping to move forward for climate action by countering misleading disinformation generally put out by right-wing media and supported by the fossil fuel industry. Some contrarians assert that there is no global warming ("it's a myth"). Other contrarians say that there is global warming, but humans are not causing it. Still others contend that there is human-caused global warming, but it is beneficial. Finally others assert that while human-caused global warming exists and is bad, it's too expensive to try to stop it. These people are wrong, they're holding up progress on action on global warming, and they can be loud and aggressive.

Let's just put the loud and aggressive contrarian approach this way:

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WEB SITES FOR IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED

You might get some ideas HERE, a website called "It's Getting Hot In Here - Dispatches from the Youth Climate Movement". From their site: "It’s Getting Hot in Here is the voice of a growing movement. A community media project, it features the student and youth leaders from the movement to stop global warming and to build a more just and sustainable future. Read more...". And HERE is the link for the Sierra Student Coalition.

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YOUTH CONFERENCES

Next generation of green leaders meet at UNEP youth conference (LINK)

Washington, D.C./Berkeley, California, July 26, 2010 - Hip hop performances, an eco-friendly dance floor and dinner aboard a hybrid ferry were among the more unusual highlights of the Tunza North American (Tunzana) Youth Network Conference, held from July 23-25 in California.

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Who's the cool guy in the photo at the top of the page? It's the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. He inaugurated the outdoor exhibition '100 Places to Remember Before they Disappear' at Copenhagen's central square, Kongens Nytorv. Among the speakers were Danish Climate Minister and EU Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, former Court Marshal Sren Haslund-Christensen, Deep Sea Sailor and Author Troels Klvedal and Suzlon's Head of Global Wind&Site Jrgen Hjstrup. 

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