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RPM Youth Manifesto 2015 

As part of the Sustainaware campaign, Global Kids and youth from the Connecticut Audubon Society composed this youth manifesto on sustainability:


We, the youth environmental activists of Connecticut, recognize the negative effects of climate change on all living organisms and the lack of environmental awareness in communities across the nation.


We firmly believe we are the generation that must make the vital changes needed to avoid the major irreversible consequences of climate change. Using our creativity and greater capacity for empathy we will stand united for change.


It is evident to us that to make the necessary changes we will need to both educate and empower the people, especially the frontline communities. Accurate environmental education must be available to all, and mandatory in our schools’ curriculum. Environmental justice must be essential in our school systems.


In addition, we demand more outlets and organizations in each state to support youth environmental activists. This country must create and promote more programs that promote more programs that incorporate green practices that engage the community in green upkeep.


This School Year, We Wish for Climate Change Education by Kazi Ateea 

Climate change is important because it affects our everyday lives. Melting glaciers,  rising sea levels, and extreme weather are becoming the norm of our lives. In our current global situation, it can be seen with our very own eyes, that our world is falling apart. Day after day, climate change is not only affecting humans but all life on Earth. We are not taking care of our planet the way we should be. However, the people most affected by it are often not aware of how detrimental it is. Developing nations are paying the price for the injustices done by the more But who are those that will be MOST affected by the effects of climate change? The youth.


As the future leaders and caretakers of this planet, the youth will have to face the worst which is yet to come.


Fossil fuel companies and climate change deniers are aware of their actions but continue to heedlessly do as they please. They are polluting our planet and making life more difficult for future generations.


The youth need to have a say in what is happening today. We cannot afford to deal with this tomorrow because this is a NOW problem.  People need to know what is happening to the planet they call home. An article by NovaNext stated that the more people are educated on climate change, the more likely they are to believe it,  as opposed to those who do not believe and are not educated on it. Yet students in some states, such as Wyoming and West Virginia, are being taught that climate change either does not exist or is not human made.



Climate Change Education Campaign 


In the 2013-2014 school year, HRAP students continued to build on their climate change work focusing on the issue of climate change education.  HRAP students wrote a petition mandating climate education for all New York City students.  They collected over 3,000 written and online signatures.  This work led up to a rally at New York City Hall in June 2014, which was attended by partners Alliance for Climate Education and New York City Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards, among many other supporters.


Through a colloborative process with GK Leaders, Council Member Constantinides introduced into New York City Council chambers Resolution 0375-2014 calling for climate change education in all New York City school.


Click here to check out our students' latest petition urging NYC Council Members to endorse Resolution 0375-2014.

Meet Samrawit Hadgu 

I my name is Samrawit Hadgu and I am a Junior at Curtis High School. I have been in Global Kids for three years now. Freshman year I became really active with the Global Kids site at my school. When my GK trainers, Ranti and Justin, first told me about the Human Rights Activist Project I knew that was the program I most definitly had to be a part of. Since then Molly has inspired and encouraged me to be an active leader. It is a treat to be able to travel with Forhad and Jatnna for SustainAware-Slovenia 2014. The first time I travel with them Forhad blew me away with his perspective on educational reform at the Free Minds Free People conference in Chicago and Jatnna pushed me to be more vocal at the Power Shift Conference in Pittsburgh. 


SustainAware Slovenia Pre-Departure

I still can't explain how excited I am for our trip though I'm sitting on the plane now, writing this. I'm so honored to be apart of SustainAware and represent Global Kids on this trip. I am really looking forward to the local days of action. I am interested in learning more about the issues the other organizations are working. I am most excited to meet with other SustainAware participants and learn about the work they do. I also look forward to our beautiful stay by the coast of Izola, Slovenia.


Day 1

Meet Forhad Shah 

My name is Forhad. I’m a Junior at Long Island city high school and I’ve been involved with global kids for about a year and a half now. In that time, I’ve worked on the Green Roof project and we’ve successfully managed to get a green roof on Bryant high school. That was quite an experience, having to facilitate workshops with both adults and youth. Pitching our ideas to Principals and teachers and other such officials. Besides that, working to promote knowledge about climate change has been quite a rewarding experience as well.


SustainAware Slovenia Pre-Departure

Climate Activism Panel Discussion at NYU 



The Climate Movement We Need for the Future We Want