Author: Danielle O

History of Youth at COP

Many people probably don’t know that youth have been involved in UN climate change negotiations since their beginning. During the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, young people stepped up and brought the talks back down to the basics – reminding people that we have a moral imperative to take action on environmental […]

Michigan Youth Select New Leaders!

This week the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition (MSSC) selected new leaders to participate in the group’s Steering Committee (SC) – the governing body of the organization. The MSSC is an established Non-for-profit organization committed to engaging the youth of Michigan to become active citizens campaigning for the just, balanced distribution and use of social, political, […]

The Power of Broad Representation- Locally and Abroad

Governments need to start looking at Grand Rapids, MI for new ways to engage citizens in local politics. This week I gave a presentation to Mayor Heartwell’s Youth Council and Youth Commission, a group of about 20 middle and high school students that have been agents of change in their community. These young people follow […]

350 Grand Rapids, MI

It’s a good thing that residents of Michigan are used to cold weather! The 350GR event was a success amid some freezing rain and wind. We braved the cold and had an amazing day bringing attention to 350ppm, the safe upper limit of CO2 that we need in the atmosphere. Internationally there were over 5,200 […]

Danielle Ostafinski, Michigan Delegate

School: Grand Valley State University Area of Study: Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Community Development After a summer working at Zion National Park, Danielle decided to combine her passion for the outdoors and for people by becoming a youth organizer on her campus and across the state of Michigan. She has coordinated student […]

5 Things I Learned About Youth

This past weekend the Expedition Copenhagen delegates met for just the second time to prepare for our upcoming journey to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark this December. What follows are some of the insights I gathered throughout this weekend about the amazing individuals that make up this delegation. But more importantly, these are […]