Alumnus of Long Island University’s Global College to Push for Climate Solutions at UN Meeting in South Africa
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Adam Greenberg, a spring 2011 graduate from Long Island University’s Global College in downtown Brooklyn, is headed this week to a United Nations convention in Durban, South Africa, this week to fight for solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Greenberg was selected from applicants across the country to represent American youth at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as part of SustainUS, a volunteer-led youth organization for sustainable development. During the convention — from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 — Greenberg will work with over 1,000 young people from more than 75 countries to press international leaders for fair and equitable solutions to global climate problems.
A Milton, Mass., resident, Greenberg is no stranger to connecting local and international environmental issues. For the past four years, he has lived in China, Australia, Costa Rica, Japan and Ecuador, while majoring in Global Studies at Global College, focusing on environmental justice and peace studies.
"We must demonstrate not only that we represent the future of our planet, but that we are already prepared to take on that future, not as future leaders, but as leaders today, with real understanding and real solutions," Greenberg, 23, said.
At Durban, Greenberg hopes to demonstrate the need for youth around the U.S. to urgently push for strong climate legislation both at the federal level and at the international negotiating table. He believes that the unique perspectives and skills that young people provide will have a significant impact at the conference.
"As SustainUS and youth delegates, we bring a unique set of assets to the table: unbridled passion, determination, yes, but also environmental policy experience and skills, as well as an implacable commitment to our planet and our future," he said. "This opportunity is exciting as well as daunting, but the nature of the problem means that we have to act immediately. For decades, the modus operandi has been to kick the environmental can further down the road. This is the end of the road."
The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change was created in 1992 to solve the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions and its effects on international communities and development. SustainUS is a national volunteer-based youth organization that empowers young people to create a more sustainable world through involvement in international summits and grassroots activities. For more information, visit www.sustainus.org or contact Mitch Lowenthal, SustainUS external communications coordinator, at (856) 495-7805.
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