Global climate change is a crisis that the world's youth have inherited, and even though we didn't make the decisions that led to environmental problems like runaway greenhouse gas emissions, young people all over the world are stepping up to be part of the solution.
Are you a student at a school or university? We need you to join us.
350.org was started by motivated young people just like you, and for all of us, climate change is not just an obscure problem far in the future; so many of us live in places threatened by worsening storms, floods, droughts and other climate-related events, and we can already see that climate change is happening now. But this isn't a time to despair. This our moment to unite and take on the biggest challenge that humankind has ever faced, and there are more than enough of us to make that possible. This is our opportunity to prioritize what matters most to us-a safe environment, stable climate and good, clean jobs-and mobilize our communities towards a more sustainable clean energy future.
To us, climate change isn't just an environmental issue-it's our future, and we're determined to protect it.
How can you plug in? We know that it's tough being young-you've got school, a personal life, family and maybe even a job or two on the side-but with even a small contribution to the climate movement, we'll help make sure that your efforts have a significant impact. Here are some suggestions on how to get involved:
- Organize a 350 student group at your school. Give a presentation in one of your classes on climate change and the 350 climate movement, or take on a sustainability project like calculating your school's carbon footprint.
- Join a youth-led partner network to get plugged in with other young people doing climate-related work in your region.
- Find or host a workshop in your area. If you're reading this page, chances are you're new to the climate movement, and you're not alone-that's why ordinary people are finding or requesting 350 workshops in their areas, to learn about the best ways to make an impact. If you're an experienced climate campaigner and want to share your expertise with your community, please consider hosting a workshop.
- Participate in 350.org's next big day of climate action! Each year, 350 volunteer organizers all over the world host events big and small as part of the world's largest coordinated days of climate action. To find out the date and details of our next big day of action, visit the 350.org home page.
- Spread the word. Youth are more connected than ever before, thanks to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Tweet and share your favorite climate change-combating stories and keep up-to-date on the latest climate news by visiting some our favorite youth-written blogs.
- Tell us what you're doing to be part of the solution. If you're doing your part to solve climate change, whether at school or at home or in your community, please tell us about it. Send your photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does a youth-led climate movement actually look like? Check out these photos from students at schools and universities around the world, participating in past 350 events and global days of climate action:
Students from University of Malaya involved in awareness program in Kuala Lumpur holding posters saying "Do you care about us? The younger generation have to risk having a very bad environment. Is this what you want for your children and grandchildren?"