There’s a new delegation at the Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany that starts this week. 

The delegation is representing a country whose people are deeply committed to climate action. A country with universities, businesses, cities, and states who are pushing forward with plans to achieve bold climate targets like 100% renewable energy. A country that believes in science, respect, and the importance the global community. A country that currently has a President and Administration who believes in none of these things.

Meet the U.S. People’s Delegation, a delegation of climate activists and community leaders from across the United States who have come here to COP23 to represent the true spirit of the nation and push for bold climate action that goes above and beyond the Paris Agreement.

The U.S. People’s Delegation is stepping into fill the void that the Trump Administration has left, and  to counter their fossil fuel agenda and to hold US states, cities, businesses, and the public accountable to commitments to climate action. Meanwhile the Trump Administration’s “official” US delegation is an infomercial for “clean coal”.

Instead of speaking for this dirty energy past, the U.S. People’s Delegation will be at COP23 to represent the clean energy future. This coordinated effort of several organizations bringing their own delegations include youth leaders who have successfully pressured their universities to divest from fossil fuels. It includes Indigenous leaders who have fought against major fossil fuel projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline and are building their own renewable energy solutions on tribal lands. It includes leaders from frontline communities who are fighting the injustice of local pollution and advocating for a just and equitable transition to a renewable energy future that works for all. And it includes advocates and activists who are pushing for bold climate action in dozens of cities and States across the country. They are backed by the voices of millions more Americans back at home who have signed onto petitions and calls to action supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The organizations represented in the People’s Delegation include: SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network and Global Grassroots Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children’s Trust, NextGen America, and 350.org.

Among the events this week include:

  • U.S People’s Delegation Press Conference; Date & Time: Tuesday, November 7th; 11am – 11:30am; Location: Press Conference Room 2 in the BULA Zone
  • U.S People’s Delegation Speak Out (event is open to the public); Date & Time: Thursday, November 9th, 4-6pm;Location: U.S Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany l RSVP to attend HERE
  • U.S People’s Delegation Town Hall with Elected Officials (event is open to the public); Date & Time: Saturday, November 11th, 4-6pm; Location: U.S Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany l RSVP to attend HERE

If you’re in Bonn, attend the speak out and town hall!  Find out more at 350.org/uspeoplesdelegation and by following #USPeoplesDelegation on social media.

Politicians come and go, but the people remain. And we the people are calling for climate justice now.

Regardless of whether you’re at the COP or not, you can participate by tweeting using hashtag #USPeoplesDelegation and sharing what climate action means to you and your community. Tune in!

Check out why some of the People’s Delegation is headed to the COP:

 

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