Youth Calls to Action
Addressing Climate Crisis for Earth Day

Please join us on Sunday April 28 as we celebrate Earth Day with a special program honoring the call to action by the youth-led protest movement sweeping the globe and inspiring a generation of young activists.

This event, organized with UNA-USA, will be structured as a community convening inspired by and holding space for youth-led climate activism and inquiry. To kick off the convening, UN Association will present documentation of Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN and local public school Queens Collegiate will present their video project on climate effects around the world. Youth movements from across the city will be invited to bring their questions to a panel with city and state representatives and movement leaders, working on achieving the 17 Sustainability Goals of the Paris Agreement. This facilitated Q&A session will discuss and address the demands and questions of the youth.

Program:

11am – 2pm:

HANDS-ON UP-CYCLING WORKSHOP

Join this hands-on crochet workshop and learn how to up-cycle single use plastic bags and turn them into fashionable reusable objects and accessories with Bordeando.

1-2pm:

MEET LOCAL YOUTH AND CLIMATE JUSTICE GROUPS

Info tables by: Cista Girls, Sunrise Movement, Fridays for Future, The Beacon School Environmental Club, and more.

2 – 4pm:

YOUTH CALLS TO ACTION PANEL AND PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Opening Addresses: Youth Calls to Climate Action

Video of Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN Global Climate Action Conference

Answering the Call a video produced by students of Citizen Science and Gen UN at Queens Collegiate Middle School and High School, Jamaica, NYC.

Address by youth climate activist Zayne Cowie, and Alexandria Villaseñor, Fridays for Future USA & Founder and Exec Director of Earth Uprising

Panel Speakers share work being done on national, state and city level:

Naomi Hollard, Columbia Hub for Sunrise Movement, discussing the development of the Green New Deal and growing youth-led climate action movement.

John O’Leary, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, presenting the proposals of the U.S. Climate Alliance, the group of states that plan to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee

Ross MacWhinney, Sr. Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, presenting the climate actions proposed in OneNYC .

The panel will be followed by public discussion and Q&A with the audience

 

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represents the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Our mission is to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.

BordeAndo convenes a group of Queens-based amateur and professional textile artists working in crochet and embroidery. Working together, people share personal experiences as well as ideas about art and technique. Participants create a variety of crochet and embroidered functional artworks and wearable items, forming a strong connection between traditional artistic methods and the urban environment in which participants live. The group is developing a bridge between traditional knowledge and daily modern life and has made it a goal to address community and environmental health in their work.

 

Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

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