A massive hurricane floods New York City. The worst nationwide drought in 80 years; unprecedented western wildfires; widespread crop failure. And last year, record flooding throughout the Mississippi basin. This is the climate-destabilized world that our young people are inheriting. What can they do to change the future? Can they make a difference, soon enough?
About Our Work
C2C Fellows challenges young people to ask: What skills and experiences do you need to become people of power, people with the ability to affect the future, within five to ten years? What does it take to become a dynamic game-changer in Washington and beyond? How do you succeed as a young green entrepreneur?
Sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, C2C Fellows is a national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business. C2C helps empower champions who can drive change from positions of leadership from within government and business. The US Constitution empowers citizens at age 25 to become members of Congress, yet today's federal legislators are as gray as they have ever been, with senators averaging close to 60, and House members 55. Young “climate hawks”, if elected in numbers, could bring a game-changing dynamic to Washington. Yet few young people even imagine pursuing this opportunity. More students have been inspired by young business entrepreneurs. Yet few are given the opportunity to develop the leadership skills needed to launch a green business.
C2C Fellows is designed to move beyond organizing young people to influence Congress, to help them, rather, to actually become Congressmen and Congresswomen- as well as green business leaders, mayors, state representatives, and heads of NGO’s and media organizations. Many young people understand that business as usual is driving the planet down a rapid path to destruction. They understand that there is not much time left. And they want to put their lives and talents to work driving wide-scale change in a sustainable direction, now. How can we help young people start changing the world, so that within a decade, it will, in fact, be changed? What do they need to really impact the pace and scale of global warming by the time they turn thirty?
By 2018, C2C Fellows envisions 25 of its graduates running for national political office; 25 in leading private sector roles; and dozens more active as leaders in business and politics at the state and local level.
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