Author: Sarah Goodspeed, Youth and Policy Manager

The 411 on SB56: why is this event important for climate policy?

Right now, the SB56 conference is underway in Bonn, Germany. International climate change policy is riddled with acronyms. UNFCCC, COP, L&D, etc. If you’re already overwhelmed, stick with us. Climate policy language inherently creates a barrier for the world to truly understand how climate change solutions are negotiated and created by global leaders –– which […]

How to use your voice and vote for climate justice

Read Sarah’s story and learn how to be a climate voter yourself at Our everyday lives are in many ways different than one year ago, and never has the urgent need for political leadership been more apparent. I was instilled with a strong sense of community and civic engagement from those who raised me. […]

Community in a Crisis

As our response measures to COVID-19 increase day to day, we are seeing how ill prepared our deeply broken systems are in addressing the complex problems brought to light. Credit: Ricardo Levins Morales We have constant updates across our communities who are experiencing the many different impacts of this global pandemic. Never before has the […]

The People United Will Never Be Defeated

El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be defeated! At the conclusion of COP25, there is a large sense of disappointment with the progress of negotiations by global leaders, yet a resounding sense of solidarity and determination to continue forward progress by civil society in global solidarity. The undeniable message resonating […]

Security and Climate Justice

The role of democracy and security in climate justice has not been spoken of as much in many side events or panels, but is strongly felt at COP even by civil society on a daily basis. Having this event moved from Santiago to Madrid was unprecedented, restricting access from negotiations for participants from Latin America […]

Perspective on Progress

Spending my day away from negotiations was surprisingly productive in building relationships and other forms of progress. A lineup of panels didn’t at first seem like a significant workload, but the people in the room and discussion in each space elevated the work beyond the typical conference. With the lack of federal leadership on climate […]

Coming Together in Action

Hawaiian youth leader Keoni Rodriguez opened a meeting between USCAN partners and the head negotiator of the United States with a prayer for those who are no longer with us and for those yet to be born, to give us compassion for the land, the sea, and the air as we come together in this […]

Youth in the Lead

The incredible power of the youth climate movement was immediately apparent as I began my experience at COP25. I was mid-flight while 500,000 people marched through Madrid on Friday evening, an unprecedented mobilization by a broad coalition. I arrived early on Saturday in time to catch the last day of week one. My walk to […]

Creating Home through COP

Climate Generation roots our work in the stories we all have as eyewitnesses to climate change. Growing up in Minnesota as a descendant from pioneer farmers, I did not learn the history of the Dakota people, whose ancestral homeland I also call home. I was lucky to spend my college years in California in my […]