Congratulations to Grant England this weeks Climate Community Citizen of the Week!
We met Grant through The Climate Project an organization founded by Al Gore to raise awareness of the climate crisis and inspire grassroots activism. Grant works there as the Coordinator for Inconvenient Youth, an initiative dedicated engaging teenagers in environmental and climate related issues. Grant has been very helpful to us both by writing and introducing us to some of the young people he is working with (including our recent winner and author Shilpi Misra). The following is a bit of background that Grant shared with us….
I have always had a great love of the outdoors. I am an avid camper, canoe lover and skier, and protecting the environment is a top priority for me. My professional goals, however, have always been focused on working with children. I graduated from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN, with a teaching certification and my plan is to eventually become an elementary school teacher. It was in Nashville, though, that I started working for The Climate Project (TCP) as a part time member of the communications team.
In August 2009, Inconvenient Youth officially became a TCP initiative, and I jumped at the chance to combine my two passions: working with young people and the environment. I was fortunate enough to be able to transition into a new job, Inconvenient Youth Coordinator.
Inconvenient Youth's goal is to be the best online resource for teens 13-18 who want to take action in the fight against climate change. We will be a comprehensive activism resource, encouraging and empowering youth to take environmental leadership roles in their schools and local communities. We plan to do this in three ways. We will provide information on the history of climate change, the latest news and science and detailed guides to both green living and activism. We will also create a community of peers to support one another and showcase the power of collective action. Finally, with the support of our team, we will help teens bring their big ideas, the ones that will change the way we live and help avert the climate crisis, into reality. Our site will be launching within the next several weeks. You can sign up on our page to receive an email notification when everything is ready to go! I'm very excited about this project, and can't wait to see what happens!
We are very happy to have met Grant and wish him all the best! Congratulations again and keep up the great work.