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Voices of My Community Essay Competition
In the wake of President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is more critical than ever that a diverse and passionate delegation of grassroots representatives from the US is present at the UN climate negotiations to carry the message of the importance of and commitment to climate action by US communities. ICLEI USA announces a campaign to support a delegation representing US communities from a variety of perspectives.

Apply now if you want carry your communities’ concerns and commitments to COP23 in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17, 2017. The campaign will support one delegate from each of the following categories, with two delegates from environmental justice:

● Residents from Small US Cities/Towns/Local Governments: Communities with a population less than 100,000
● Residents from Large Urban Areas: Metro population over 1 million
● Environmental Justice: Communities disproportionately affected by race, class, and other factors in facing climate change impacts
● Youth: Persons age 25 and under (birthdate at time of application)
● Open: Anyone currently living in US

Applications are due midnight August 4, 2017. Semi finalists will be chosen by ICLEI staff and finalists will be voted on by the public in August.

ICLEI will be leading a crowdfunded campaign to raise money to cover travel and convention costs for the selected delegates. All semi-finalists will be expected to assist in the crowdfunding process by sharing and promoting the campaign. The final number of delegation positions available will depend on success of fundraising. Delegates will be chosen at the end of August with the conclusion of the crowdfunding.

Delegate Responsibilities:
As a US delegate, you will be expected to speak on at least one panel or make public appearances while in Bonn. In order to prepare for the convention, ICLEI will lead bi-weekly cohort calls for the delegation, providing information about the UN process, the conference structure and schedule, local climate action basics, and also allowing time for the delegates to learn about each other’s communities.

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This is an opportunity to be speaking to the global stage on climate change on behalf of US communities. In what ways do you represent your communities and what perspectives can you bring to COP23? How have you contributed to climate action in your community? (500 words max)
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There are many pressing mitigation and adaptation challenges that need to be overcome, with impacts that affect communities in disproportionate ways. What is your vision for an innovative and inclusive climate policy? (500 words max)
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By submitting this application, you acknowledge that you are a US resident who is able and willing to travel to Bonn from November 6-17, 2017 and that you are committing to assisting with the ICLEI’s crowdfunding campaign for travel costs.
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