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Detroit Present at UN’S COP 21 Climate Talks

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Detroit Climate Action Collaborative in partnership with EcoWorks have a team on the ground in Paris for the United Nation’s 21st Conference of the Parties (also called “COP 21”). This is an exciting opportunity to see Detroit given the ability to be on the world stage for such a monumental issue. The impacts of climate change in Detroit are different from what we are used to seeing in the news, like rising sea levels or polar bears.

Instead, in Detroit homes are flooded with untreated sewage, asthma rates are 3 times the U.S. average and little outside of the community level is being done to address these problems. Detroiters are creative and resilient. In Detroit, a city-wide climate action plan is being drafted for us to help our own community deal with these issues.

A young woman from Southwest Detroit is in Paris participating in a side event about youth and climate change. She grew up in one of the most polluted and highest carbon emitting areas of the United States. Her perspective of seeing first-hand the face of pollution and the carbon economy which ripped apart and yes, took lives in her community.

From the heart of the climate change movement – the UN COP 21 talks in Paris! In COP 21 countries are working to come to an agreement to keep climate warming below 2 degrees Celsius. As part of this historical event there are 40,000 people from around the world in Paris, to not only work on the negotiations, but also make their voices heard.

We would like to invite you to join us tomorrow for a special live stream program from the Paris Science Center:
Our Time to Lead: Youth Engagement on Climate Change On December 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET (3:00 p.m. in Paris GMT), a youth climate engagement and leadership event hosted by Universcience – the Paris Science Center and coordinated by the Association of Science Technology Centers.

Watch here:

Live stream youth event Paris

Participating science centers from:

South Africa
United States

Join the conversation live & online to COP21 participants. Youth delegates on site will have a conversation on how they are working in their communities including interviews with Gina Fiorile and a local audience.

In addition, a panel of climate scientists will participate including Frank Niepold – Climate Education Coordinator for NOAA; Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; and Owen Gaffney – Director of international media and strategy at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and writer and analyst working in global-change research.

You can join in the conversation in Paris via: streamed live.

We are really excited to have online participation AND you can also ask questions for either the scientists or youth participating



Or you can email your questions directly,

Tweet and follow us @DetroitClimate and @ecoworksdetroit

Also check out the great videos online here including all of our youth climate summits in Seattle, Detroit, the Adirondacks, Finland, and Vermont!!!

there is also a cool new Youth Summit Scale up video. They are short – all less than 4 mins.

Hope you can join us.

If you would like to donate to support this trip please Click Here to Support. We have very limited resources and this opportunity is an important one. We need whatever help you can offer.

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2015 White House youth summit

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Contact: Leila Mekias

Telephone: (313) 833-3935 x45


Date: 10/26/2015




Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) and the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC), an initiative of DWEJ, are pleased to announce our second Detroit Youth Climate Summit. This year’s Detroit Youth Climate Summit is part of a program introduced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to support climate change and energy education and literacy. We are honored to have been selected to plan another summit in Detroit, putting the city amongst ten nationally and five internationally to participate in this program.

The Detroit Youth Climate Summit will occur at the Michigan Science Center (5020 John R Street, Detroit, MI) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. About 250 Detroit high school students are expected to attend. Many organizations worked collaboratively to develop the Detroit Youth Climate Summit event. We would like to acknowledge The Wild Center, a museum in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York for their generous sharing of the Summit format that helped shape our event.  Youth Climate Summits are becoming a movement and our Summit is one of several taking place this year.

The summit will focus on climate justice, climate action planning and green jobs opportunities. Students will take an active role in the summit and in the subsequent climate projects that they will plan for their schools. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for the students to participate via teleconference in a COP (Conference of the Parties) 21 side event highlighting youth leadership in climate action. The Conference of the Parties refers to the international meeting to negotiate a climate change agreement. It will take place in Paris, France, from November 30 through December 11, 2015.


About Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Detroit Climate Action Collaborative


In 2011, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), the oldest environmental justice organization in Michigan, convened several key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to form the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC). Since then, DCAC has grown from 12 people to over 40 actively engaged participants, including representatives from environmental, community, governmental, scientific, academic, health, business and other sectors. DCAC was established to help the City of Detroit identify short- and long-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, provide expert advice on the most credible, aggressive and economically viable targets, develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan, and to ready Detroiters for coping with the impacts of climate change. Respective websites are


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