COP23 : U.S. People’s Delegation

In the face of federal inaction on climate in the U.S.
these groups showcase their dedication

Who We Are

The U.S People’s Delegation is a platform to show the force of U.S-based communities and everyday Americans, including frontline communities, indigenous communities, communities of color, youth, advocates, and policymakers who are pushing for climate action on the city and state level. Despite overwhelming evidence of human caused climate change, the Trump administration has chosen to make the problem worse by their deliberate negligence, including their recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and rollbacks on climate protections.

The good news it that people are fighting back and pushing ahead with climate action in their communities. The #USPeoplesDelegation is made up of several organizations and their individual delegations who held joint speak outs, a town hall with elected officials, and direct actions in Bonn at the UN Climate Talks (COP23). Watch and share this video to see how it happened:

Share this video and join us by using the hashtag #USPeoplesDelegation to show how your communities are pushing back against federal inaction on climate in the U.S.

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Photo By: Robert van Waarden

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U.S. People’s Delegation at COP23

Communities in the U.S. are standing up to Trump at the UN Climate Talks, and showing what real climate leadership looks like.

It Begins! The U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on the Trump Administration at COP23

Today, community and grassroots leaders from the United States announced their platform at COP23 called the “U.S. People’s Delegation” to counter the Trump Administration’s fossil fuel agenda and to hold US states, cities, businesses, and the public accountable to commitments to climate action.


Actions and Events happening around Bonn during COP23

The delegation participated in many activities at COP23. Here's the list.

U.S. People’s Delegation COP23 Press Conference

When: Tuesday November 7th, 11-11:30am

Where: Press Conference Room 2 in the BULA Zone

What: A press conference announcing the U.S People’s Delegation at Bonn and to elevate stories of U.S communities fighting for meaningful climate action. 5-6 speakers max.


Thanu Yakupitiyage, (moderator)

Kiran Oommen, Our Children’s Trust youth plaintiff

Varshini Prakash, SustainUS & Sunrise Movement

Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network & It Takes Roots

Katia Vasquez, Organizacion Boricua & It Takes Roots

Ellen Anderson, Energy Transition Lab & Climate Generation

Dyanna Jaye, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability & USCAN

Press may RSVP to attend the event at [email protected]

U.S. People’s Delegation Speak Out

When: Thursday, November 9th, 4pm -6pm

Where: U.S Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

What: On Thursday, November 9th, community and grassroots leaders from the United States who make up the “U.S. People’s Delegation”, joined by activists from the Pacific Islands known as the Pacific Climate Warriors and Germany’s Ende Gelende activists, will participate in a speak out and share personal stories of how their communities are being impacted by unjust policies, governmental unaccountability, the fossil fuel industry, and ever-present climate disasters. Together, we will highlight the global resistance that is already underway and our urgency to stop the climate crisis. We invite the public to listen, learn, and connect with members of the U.S. People’s Delegation and our partners.


Varshini Prakash, SustainUS & Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (moderators)

Lidy Nacpil, Philippines Movement for Climate Justice

Kiran Oommen, Our Children’s Trust youth plaintiff

Justin Marquez, Rhiannon Gallagher, Daisey Guadalupe Romero; ICLEI delegation

Michael Charles, Kyle Lemle, Troy Robertson; SustainUS delegation

Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network delegation

Liana Lopez & Katia Vasquez, Organizacíon Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico & Climate Justice Alliance

Milan̄ Loeak & Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner; Pacific Climate Warriors

Kathrin Henneberger & Dorothee Häußermann; Ende Gelande

RSVP here

U.S. People’s Delegation Town Hall with Elected Officials

When: Saturday, November 11th, 4-6pm

Where: Climate Action Pavilion, Fiji Room, The DHL Post Tower Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße 20, 53113 Bonn Germany

What: Despite the U.S. federal government’s move away from implementation of the goals in the Paris Agreement, U.S. cities, counties, and states have vowed that “We are Still In”. The U.S. People’s Delegation Town Hall will provide a venue for local elected officials — mayors, council members, and governors — to come together with citizen activists and voters to discuss the road to true climate action and to discuss a vision for what localized implementation should look like in the United States. This event will be in town hall format and citizen activists, policy makers, and delegate members of the U.S. People’s Delegation will ask questions of elected officials.


Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Council Member Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica, CA

Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA

Brigid Shea, Commissioner Travis County, TX

Mayor Lionel Johnson, Jr., St Gabriel, LA

Daniel A. Zarrilli, PE, Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer, City of New York

Rep. Josh S. Cutler, Sixth Plymouth District of Massachusetts


Photo by Eman Mohammed


Share on social media why you want strong climate action. Use the tag #USPeoplesDelegation.