Mother Earth News readers have an opportunity to tell the 194 countries committed to the Paris Climate Agreement that “you are still in” by applying by next Friday, August 4th to join ICLEI USA in November at COP23.
As a follow up to the #WeAreStillIn campaign, ICLEI USA is announcing a campaign to support a people’s delegation to COP23, the 2017 Conference of the Parties organized under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP23 will take place in Bonn, Germany, from November 6-17, 2017.
The nations that have signed on to the Paris Agreement will attend COP23 to continue implementation of the Agreement. ICLEI is the only city network accredited as an observer to the UNFCCC and is the focal point for the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) working group — giving us the unique opportunity to amplify the voices of the individuals and communities that inspire local leaders to act.
The people’s delegation will represent U.S. communities from a variety of perspectives — environmental justice communities, small cities, large urban areas, and youth will be chosen through an essay competition to highlight the needs and stories of climate action in the U.S.
Apply now if you want carry your communities’ concerns and commitments to COP23 in Bonn, Germany from November 7-10, 2017. The campaign will support one delegate in the following categories, with two delegates from environmental justice:
Residents from Small Cities/Towns/Local Governments: Communities with a population less than 100,000
Residents from Large Urban Areas: Metro population over 1 million
Environmental Justice: Communities disproportionately affected by race, class, and other factors in facing climate change impacts
Youth: Persons age 25 and under (birthdate at time of application)
Open: Anyone currently living in U.S.
1) This is an opportunity to speak on the topic of climate change to the global audience on behalf of US communities. In what ways do you represent your community and what perspectives can you bring to COP23? How have you contributed to climate action in your community? (500 words max)
2) There are many pressing climate mitigation and adaptation challenges that need to be overcome, with impacts that affect communities in disproportionate ways. What is your vision for an innovative and inclusive climate policy? (500 words max)
Submit your essay application here by August 4, 2017. Semifinalists will be chosen by ICLEI staff and finalists will be chosen by public voting at the end of August.
ICLEI is leading a crowdfunded campaign via Generosity to raise $17,500 ($2,500 per delegate and one staff person) to cover travel costs for the selected delegates. All semi-finalists will be expected to assist in the crowdfunding process by sharing and promoting the campaign.
The final number of delegation positions available will depend on success of fundraising. Delegates will be chosen at the end of August with the conclusion of the crowdfunding. By submitting your application, you are acknowledging that you are able and willing to travel to Bonn, Germany, in November and are committed to helping with the crowdfunding campaign. Donate here.
It is more critical than ever that a diverse and passionate delegation of grassroots U.S. representatives is present at the COP to carry the message of commitment to climate action by U.S. communities. With over 20 years of experience supporting local governments in climate and sustainability work, ICLEI USA wants to hear what’s working and what’s not working in your community from your perspective. These stories will help inform climate policy around the world and better prepare communities for climate change.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready to submit? Submit your essay application here by August 4, 2017.
Kale Roberts is a former renewable energy beat editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. He is a Program Officer with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA, where he supports cities across the U.S. to manage greenhouse gas emissions and develop climate action plans.