What We’re Talking About This Month: August 2019

The world’s largest youth generation in history is driving change around the world, and we recognize and celebrate their power on August 12, International Youth Day. Additionally, the UN Climate Action Summit and UN Youth Climate Summit are in September and a landmark report on climate change and land from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body charged with assessing climate science, is expected to launch in early August.


Here are three things to know this month:

  1. The science is clear: We need to step up climate action – and we need to do it now.
  2. Ambitious climate action – done in a just way – will improve global health, grow economies, and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ promise to leave no one behind.
  3. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the leaders of today. We need to make sure they have a seat at the table now and listen to their demand for climate action. The UN’s Youth Climate Summit is a key opportunity to meaningfully engage with young people.


Want to share content to inspire others to take action on climate? Try these:

  • Educate: Get stats on youth and climate change from the office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Read here.
  • Motivate: Youth climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor and her mother share four lessons on supporting the youth climate movement. Get inspired.
  • Activate: Send a message to your Members of Congress to ask them to work with the UN to tackle the climate crisis.

More information about the UN Climate Action Summit can be found here.



Apply for the UN Youth Climate Summit Blogger Fellowship!


  • Must attend at least one virtual training prior to the Summit
  • Must be between the ages of 14-29 as of September 21, 2019
  • Must be a current active member of UNA-USA
  • Demonstrated writing and social media skills
  • A desire to continue writing for UNA-USA throughout the year

Apply here by Sunday, August 18 to be considered.


Love Letters to the Air

Do you have a solution for ambitious climate action? Write a letter to policymakers attending the UN Climate Action Summit in September about your wish for a healthier planet. Letters can be mailed to UN Environment’s regional office in Washington, D.C. or shared on social media.

Love Letters to the Air is a partnership between UN Environment and Lost Art of Love Letters. Learn more about this campaign.


Other events in August: