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Final Reflection on COP 17: “A People United, Will Never Be Defeated”

“A People United, Will Never Be Defeated” One week ago in the big march and rally through the streets of Durban those words were echoed over and over along with many other chants as 7,000 activists from all over the world made their statement. Were the delegates and ministers from the 191 countries represented at […]

Goa, India: Journals From a Climate Champion

I started the new year off with a with a whirlwind trip to Goa, India, world renowned holiday destination, biodiversity hotspot, and the location of the British Council’s 3rd Annual International Climate Camp. In Goa, I spent one week with 35 Climate Champions from 14 different countries: The U.S., Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, […]

Investment in Youth is an Investment in a Clean and Just Energy Future

“ The rights and decision-making capabilities of young people often remain unrecognized, and their potential as a valuable resource is seldom realized.” – United Nations World Youth Report, 2010 WSF Intern, Kaya Lovestrand, and Will Steger at the WSF office in Minneapolis All of my work with the Will Steger Foundation has been leading up […]

New UN Report: Youth Worldwide Freaked Out by Climate Change, Taking Action

That’s the basic conclusion of a big new report by the United Nations on the impacts of climate change on youth and how young people around the world are reacting.   Why so much attention on youth? For starters, we’re celebrating the International Year of Youth from August 2010-2011, in case you’ve missed the party.

Key Ingredients For Successful Youth Engagement

Before knowing how to engage youth, it’s important to point out the real need for it. It’s true that if you are or have been involved with a program that emphasizes youth it seems like they’re everywhere, but the truth is that most youth today don’t feel like they’re being reached out to. Governments, non-profits, […]

Grants Through Climate Generation Program

What would you do to address climate change if money wasn’t an obstacle? For many young people passionate about the environment, ideas are not what’s lacking. It’s the means to make these ideas a reality that stands in the way of effective leadership and implementation. Of course there is mentorship, skills training, community support, time […]

Optimism in the Face of a Daunting Future

Will Steger Foundation is a proud supporter of youth participation in UNFCCC international climate negotiation. A safe and healthy future for young people across the globe depends on the choices being made right now. While a commitment to behavior change on the part of individuals is critical, it is our policy makers that hold the […]

Copenhagen to Cancun: Reflections from a Midwest Youth Climate Leader

One year ago today, a team of intelligent and dynamic Midwest youth were preparing for an expedition that would impact their lives forever. These twelve young leaders, hailing from seven different states set aside their studies, their work, and their personal lives for an intense immersion experience in the COP15 UNFCCC international climate negotiations, as […]