Support Brandon and the U.S. Youth Delegation at the United Nations to help fight for meaningful climate change policy

My name is Brandon Bass; I am a senior at Cornell University studying Environmental Engineering and business. I have been selected to be on the delegation representing the United States Youth at the annual UN Climate Change talks in Doha, Qatar. World leaders and non-governmental organizations will gather to discuss making new international climate policy. This is one of the greatest opportunities I have been offered, and am excited to work with motivated youth from around the country and world to confront one of the most important global issues of our time.

Climate Change is a pressing issue which the UN climate talks have the greatest ability to help prevent. President Obama said in 2009 that “Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks to our security, our economies, and our planet”. This summer, our country saw first-hand the type of future that will become increasingly more common if we do nothing to prevent climate change. Droughts, wildfires, intense storms, and heat waves significantly affect our quality of living. Food prices will rise as crops cannot grow in hotter weather with less rain, and intense storms will continue to cause high amounts of damage to coastal areas similar to Hurricane Katrina and Irene. I am motivated, and believe that we can achieve sustainability, that we can meet our current needs without comprimising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The climate change talks in Doha, Qatar will be a great opportunity to make this possible so the planet is safe for many more generations.

Before the conference, I am leading an initiative to represent Youth from countries who will not be able to attend the conference this November. I am currently writing a policy paper on adaptation to climate change. At the conference, I will be working with groups from around the world to have policy suggestions for the main conference, work with the media, and meet with official government negotiators. I will also help run a system of sending constant updates on the conference to youth groups around the nation to help promote youth involvement. Our message will be we need to reduce our carbon emissions so future generations can have a safe planet to live on.

This is one of the most important issues of our time, and an incredible opportunity for me to work in the field I wish to continue with in my lifetime. However, travel to Doha, Qatar and lodging will be very expensive and because my group is all volunteers, we need to raise the funds to make this trip. Would you be willing to contribute any amount you can to help me go to Doha, Qatar? Any donation is extremely helpful in enabling me to go to the UN climate change conference. By donating you and I can help make this world a better and cleaner place to live. To donate, go to the green "Make a Donation" box on the right side of the screen, type in a donation amount, and click "Donate".

Thank you very much for your contribution to fighting climate change. I consider this the most important work I have ever done in my life. In return for your donation, I will keep everyone updated with a blog and photos.

Brandon

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