It’s Hot

July 9th, 2012

So it’s hot. It’s hot in Atlanta, it’s hot in Vermont and it’s hot everywhere in between. But just how hot is it? This month, more than 3,000 daytime high temperatures and almost 2,000 nighttime lows were tied or broken across the United States in June.

On Saturday, Atlanta set an all-time record-high temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and followed that up with 105 on Sunday . That is hot. For many Americans, “cooling down” has taken on a whole new meaning. Just look at Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky’s capital is cooling down to a balmy high of 99 degrees this week. And many parts of the country are still expected to set record highs this week.

Doesn’t it just seem like we just had a record-breaking heat wave this spring? So far this year, there have been more than 40,000 warm temperature records tied or broken. 40,000! Compare that to just 5,835 cold records. Something doesn’t seem right to me.

This is what we’ll come to see as the new normal in warming world. As we pump carbon pollution into the atmosphere, extreme heat events are likely to become commonplace, and they’ll be more intense and longer lasting. And hot weather isn’t the end of it. With the heat comes freakish, intense storms that can wreak havoc on our everyday life, as millions of people just found out in the Eastern U.S. when they lost power for days.

It’s hot. And it’s only going to get hotter. What do you think the rest of the summer has in store for us? What have you been doing to beat the heat?

A Young Voice from the Rio Summit

June 27th, 2012

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development kicked off last week. There was a lot going on inside the conference rooms – but an interesting narrative took shape outside of the meetings as well.

20 years after the first UN Earth Summit, in Rio, there was a tangible feeling that the world is ready for action. In the streets, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered to voice their concern and online activists posted tweets by the thousands calling for our leaders to commit to reducing emissions levels.
One of the most compelling moments of the week was when 17-year old Brittany Trilford addressed the attendees on behalf of future generations and implored: “Are you here to save face? Or here to save us?” Watch the full speech here:
Young and old, people all over the world are ready to stop global warming. Now, it’s time for our leaders to listen.

The iMatter March

April 15th, 2011

Alec Loorz is part of the Inconvenient Youth Advisory Board and a Presenter for The Climate Project. He’s been part of IY since day one and we wouldn’t be where we are without him. This May, he’s organizing a worldwide event of extreme importance to the climate movement. We want you to get involved. But enough from me, hear it from Alec himself:

My name is Alec Loorz. I’m 16 years old, and I am a climate change activist. I’ve spent my entire teenage life traveling around our planet talking to my peers about global climate change. And I’m now planning an international event called the iMatter March, happening May 8 of this year.

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. Our society’s addiction to fossil fuels is messing with the perfect balance of nature and threatening the survival of our generation. It needs to stop, and we will not sit idly by as our leaders make decisions that affect our future.

So on May 8, we will march. The youth will rise up in our communities and let the world know that climate change is not about money. It’s not about politics. It’s not about convenience. It is about our survival. It’s about the future of this and every generation to come. And we are ready to do whatever it takes to change it.

There will be marches in cities all over the world, everywhere from New York to New Delhi to Canton, Georgia to Mexico City. And we need you to march with us.

We are looking for march organizers in cities all across the world. You don’t need to have any experience in organizing — all you need is passion, commitment, and a desire to change the world.

Sign up at iMatterMarch.org to lead a march in your community.

We matter. This is our time.

Watch this video to learn more.

Al Gore to Deliver Opening Keynote at Power Shift

March 23rd, 2011

From the Repower America Blog:

I’ve got some exciting news to share: Former Vice President Al Gore will be delivering the opening keynote at Power Shift 2011. So what is Power Shift?

This spring thousands of young people will converge in Washington, DC for Power Shift 2011. We’ll come together to create a vision to take our movement forward, learn from and train one-another on campaigns and tactics, and take bold action to create a clean energy economy.

I attended Power Shift in 2007 and 2009 and was amazed by the energy in the crowd. The conference starts in three weeks — click here to register now.

In addition to Alliance for Climate Protection Chairman Al Gore, Power Shift has several other impressive speakers lined up, including EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Bill McKibben and Van Jones.

Will you be attending Power Shift to see Vice President Gore’s speech? We hope to see you there.

Meet ACE: The Alliance for Climate Education

February 17th, 2011

What do school assemblies, climate change and cow farts all have in common? Ask our friends at ACE, the Alliance for Climate Education.

ACE is an awesome organization, and a partner of Inconvenient Youth. They give free multimedia assemblies to high schools across the country about the climate crisis and what we can do to stop it. The assemblies are fun, informative and inspiring. Check out this article to learn more about them and find out where the cow farts come in.

Not only is this an assembly like you’ve never seen before, but after they’re done, ACE educators are happy to stick around and help students find ways to take action. ACE helps students set up climate change activist groups in their schools, and has suggestions for all sorts of ways that you can “lower your emissions and raise your voice.”

Another great way to get involved with ACE is to “share your DOT.” DOT stands for “Do One Thing.” The idea is very similar to what we do at IY and Repower at Home: You share an action you’re taking to help our climate. Some examples are to drive less, unplug appliances when you aren’t using them, and carry reusable bottles. Every bit helps, and if we all make small changes it makes a huge difference. Inconvenient Youth and ACE encourage everyone to start by doing one thing to help our climate and to record it by sharing it with your peers.

We know teens like you are doing great work all around the country. So, what are you waiting for? Set up a presentation from ACE at your school; or set up an Inconvenient Youth presentation through The Climate Project.

- Grant

An Introduction to Inconvenient Youth

February 9th, 2011

The following blog post was cross-posted at the Repower America blog:

Today’s youth will be affected by climate change more than any other generation alive. Fortunately, though, young people are among the most passionate and active people anywhere dedicated to solving the climate crisis. Case in point: Inconvenient Youth, a youth program of the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Inconvenient Youth is a community of high school-aged teenagers who are leading our society to a clean energy future. Hundreds of teens from over 50 countries, have joined in the fight against climate change and used the program’s website — www.inconvenientyouth.org — to learn more about the climate crisis, share the actions they are taking, and connect with other teen leaders.

Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, helped Mary Doerr (only 16 years old at the time) found Inconvenient Youth in 2008. Vice President Gore said this about the program:

“Inconvenient Youth is built on the belief that teens can help lead efforts to solve the climate crisis. It will give this generation – which has a unique stake in this issue – a chance to organize and exchange ideas with other young people who want to do their part to address the climate crisis. Perhaps most importantly, this initiative was inspired by youth and shaped by youth with their unique viewpoint guiding it forward.”

Inconvenient Youth gives teens a platform to make their voice heard and take the lead in solving the climate crisis. Led by its all-youth Advisory Board, this amazing group of teens have risen to the challenge. By helping teens join together and taking action, Inconvenient Youth is proving that the solution to the climate crisis is within our reach.

Click here for more information on how to join us. Be Inconvenient!

Concert for a Cause

January 19th, 2011

This is a guest post by Khushali Upadhyay

Khushali is a 17 year-old senior in high school from New Jersey. She is active in the climate movement in her local community as a leader of the “Rutherford Green Team.” She was trained by former Vice President Al Gore as a Presenter for The Climate Project and is part of the Inconvenient Youth Advisory Board.

Last fall, I attended a concert and environmental expo in New Jersey. Long time activist, folk singer Pete Seeger attended, along with Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ-9) who also participated. At the environmental expo, there were booths from organizations that are related to the wetlands such as the Hackensack River Keeper, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Audubon, and the organization that I am affiliated with, the Rutherford Green Team.

Over 1000 people showed up to participate in this convention. For my part, I gave presentations at the Green Team booth. The booths were mostly focused on the ecological consequences of climate change. There were also a few environmentalists by profession in the audience and it was very interesting to hear about their work in relation to the issue.

I think the reason my presentations were successful was that I was one of the youngest people there. When people see youth taking action for a cause, it gives them hope or even inspiration. I felt that people were actually willing to listen to me because of my age. When comparing this to my previous presentations which weren’t affiliated with a specific event or organization, I think this one was better because it wasn’t “preaching to the choir” as much. Some people I spoke to were there only for the concert and did not really care about climate change. If I was able to teach them something new or make them more aware of the issue, I think my goal was met.

Keep up the great work Khushali!

IY Member Matthew Evans wins $40,000 for his non-profit!

January 3rd, 2011

IY Member Matthew Evans wins $40,000 for his non-profit!

Matthew Evans, a member of the Inconvenient Youth Advisory Board and founder of Discover Green – a non-profit in Pflugerville, Texas – recently won $40,000 from the JCPenney Cares campaign. The 17-year-old took third place in the community service and essay competition, beating out 800 essays to make it to the final round. Matthew’s money is divided between a $20,000 college scholarship and $20,000 that he can donate to the charity of his choice.

“I got involved with the JCPenney Cares contest through 4-H,” Evans said. “My grandmother in Ohio also suggested I submit my 250 words. So, I did.”

For his essay about community service, Matthew wrote about his work with Discover Green, the environmental non-profit organization that he founded in the greater Austin area.

“Discover Green came to be as a result of several successes and failures as a teen who wanted to do community service. I started a Kids Care Club when I was 11 and from 13 to 15 years old I tried to find various projects that we as a club could do without being 18,” Evans explained.

In August 2008 Matthew held his first “Teen Green Party with a Purpose” in conjunction with his birthday. Teens in his club came together to celebrate, learn about climate and environmental issues, eat local, organic food, and plant trees in Matthew’s hometown of Pflugerville. Since then, Discover Green has held over 200 events, 50 Teen Green Parties with a Purpose, engaged 1,100 local youth to provide 3,800 community service hours, and has been recognized by national and local organizations including Keep America Beautiful and the US Green Building Council.

With the half of his winnings to go to the charity of his choice, Matthew will continue his work with Discover Green. “With the JCPcares grant, Discover Green will be supporting the eco-inspiration coach training while going green by doing the training through international ‘webinars.’ We are also excited to support start-up events with this money. We also have plans to work with early childhood programs on a ‘Sapling Party with a Purpose’ and with youth who have deployed parents through an ‘Old Oak Tree’ project,” Evans said.

“I believe that youth can make a difference and that it is best to do the project and then reflect and eat food. This creates a sense of community and fun, and that is the basis of Discover Green.”

Congratulations Matthew!

- Grant

Inconvenient Youth Wins International Web Award

December 10th, 2010

Awesome news! We won an award for our website! The full story is below, but I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! IY is a community, both on and off the web, and it’s you, our members, who make us what we are. So, thanks — we couldn’t have won without you!


The story:

Inconvenient Youth Wins International Web Award

Inconvenient Youth (IY) has won a Silver W3 Award for its interactive environmental awareness website, http://www.inconvenientyouth.org. IY aims to engage youth in proactive and educational activities to confront the harmful effects of climate change. Inconvenient Youth is an online forum where visitors can create user profiles and share their ideas and actions.


The Silver W3 Award winning website, built by Nashville’s MMA Creative, was created to encourage youth to participate in the global climate change conversation. Users can post ideas and share stories about how they are getting involved in the movement.

The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the web. Now in its fifth year, the W3 Awards received over 3,000 entries. The entries, submitted by companies all over the world, are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts and are scored on a 10-point scale. Winners receive Gold, Silver or Best in Show awards.

- Grant

Bill Nye the Climate Guy

November 24th, 2010

This past weekend I got to do something amazing: I went to the grand opening of Bill Nye’s Climate Lab! It’s a brand new exhibit and program from my favorite science educator; Bill Nye. It exists online – billsclimatelab.org – and at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland California. Both the website and exhibit are great opportunities to learn more about the science of climate change and its effects on Earth and human civilization, as well as solutions that we can take in our daily lives.

In the physical exhibition, visitors journey from space to Earth on an urgent mission to thwart climate change by discovering exciting clean energy opportunities and solutions. With Bill Nye the ‘Climate Guy’ as commander of the Clean Energy Space Station, visitors will explore the science of climate change, meet scientists, consider new ideas and express their opinions.

Besides touring the exhibit, Inconvenient Youth was part of the opening day, running a ‘Green Pledge’ table in the Action Lab. I was joined by IY’s own Jordan Fowler, Aitan Grossman and Axel Clavier, who helped encourage visitors to make a pledge to help the climate by lowering their carbon footprint in one of 5 easy ways. We had a great turnout with lots of pledges.

Want to learn more about Bill Nye’s Climate Lab? Watch this video!

Go to Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, learn more about climate change and make your own green pledge today!

- Grant