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It’s Our Future Supports Climate Advocac

Photo courtesy of E-town Sunrise Facebook page By Milo Slevin, ETHS student As youth climate advocates, our connections with other young people are an important way for us to create greater impact.  It’s Our Future (IOF), a youth-driven program that empowers Chicago area high school students to advocate for just climate solutions in their schools […]

COP27 November 8th Dispatch: Emergency M...

By Gary Cuneen UN Chief Antonio Guterres, in his opening remarks spoke in his usually strong tone of urgency, warning world leaders that humanity has a stark choice between working together or facing collective suicide related to the climate crisis. He reminded leaders that the 8 billionth child is about to be born and we […]

COP27 Youth Dispatch: A Peek Into the St...

By Fatima Perez, IOF Youth Delegate After what felt like an eternal journey to arrive at Sharm El Sheikh, we eagerly checked into our hotel to get a well-earned night of sleep. Despite the fact that we don’t officially begin our duties as delegates until Monday, November 7th, we have already been welcomed by amiable […]

COP27 November 7th Dispatch: Moving Past...

By Gary Cuneen COP27 President and Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry in the COP27 opening plenary stated that nations must move from pledges and promises to meaningful action; an equitable and just energy transition with funding is overdue; current geopolitical challenges must not derail or delay action to meet climate targets; and loss and […]

COP27 November 6th Dispatch: It’s Compli

By Gary Cuneen It’s an odd experience being here in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – a gorgeous coastal beach resort at the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula by the Red Sea – and attending the 27th Conference of Parties (COP) UN Climate Summit. Over 100 heads of state and just shy of 200 countries are descending […]

Meet our COP27 Delegates!

It’s that time of year again! We’re headed to this year’s UN Climate Summit, COP27, in early November, and we’re bringing a great crew! Five Chicagoland students representing It’s Our Future, and one Chicago teacher, will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to observe the climate negotiations and report back. Get to know this fantastic team […]

Youth Climate Activists Talk Suing the G...

Drive less, support climate-conscious political candidates, and… sue the U.S. government? That’s exactly what the climate activists featured in the film YOUTH v GOV have done. The documentary film, directed by Christi Cooper, follows the story of 21 youth climate activists who sued the U.S. government for endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and […]

OPRF grad Kristin Gill steps easily into...

Kristin Gill hoped to get an internship near her hometown the summer after her freshman year at the University of Minnesota because she wanted to be near her family. Instead, she found an internship right in her hometown with an organization she first learned about during her senior year at Oak Park River Forest High […]