About Inconvenient Youth

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"Inconvenient Youth is a community of teenagers taking action to address the climate crisis."

At Inconvenient Youth (IY) we work based on three central principles:

1) We believe that climate change is a crisis that affects everyone and, because we are all affected, we must all be part of the solution.

2) We believe that as many ideas and actions as possible are necessary to solve the climate crisis.

3) We believe that teens can be leaders in stopping climate change now.


1) We believe that climate change is a crisis that affects everyone and, because we are all affected, we must all be part of the solution.
Climate change is one of the most important issues of this generation. It affects everyone. Between new scientific discoveries and the ever changing political scene, there's always new information to stay on top of. We'll keep you in the loop on the latest science, news, and current developments (check out our blog). We also have all the background information you need to be a climate change expert.

2) We believe that as many ideas and actions as possible are necessary to solve the climate crisis.
All revolutions have a few things in common. They need big ideas to change the way people think and see the world. They also need lots of people to join together and change they way they live and the choices they make. Its time for youth to lead the revolution. So, we set up the site for you to share two main things: Actions and Ideas.

Actions: There are so many things we can do to be friendlier to the environment. You probably do a lot already without even thinking. Walk somewhere instead of driving? Recycle? Get your groceries in reusable bags instead of plastic? Let us know! Every little bit counts. Submit your actions, and tell your friends to join them. Then find others on the site that you want to do and pledge your commitment. It might not seem like a big deal when one person takes action, but when thousands do, we can change the world.


Ideas: If you see a change that could make your community (city, school, or neighborhood) a greener, healthier place to live and you know how to make it happen, submit your idea to us. Each month (beginning in March 2010), all of our members have the chance to find the ideas they like and let us know it's a good idea by clicking the "like" button next to each idea. At the end of each month, we collect the best ones and you vote on them. Your votes - combined with a variety of other factors - decide which idea wins our full support to make it a reality. We can't wait to see what happens!


3) We believe that teens can be leaders in stopping climate change now.
We know you're passionate. We know you have great ideas. We know you're ready to take action and do something now. Inconvenient Youth is the place for you to be a leader and an activist. Make it your own! We're not worried about who you'll be in ten years. We promise to help make your voice heard now. Because we know its a powerful voice and that together, we're going to accomplish great things.



If you have any questions, email us at Youth@TheClimateProject.org