Youth Climate Pledge

Created at the 2008 Global Youth Leadership Summit in New York

By definition, a pledge is a promise, but it carries a much stronger meaning with it. Countries, citizens, politicians, religious leaders, and movements have made pledges over the centuries to enforce their commitment to a cause or belief. The word pledge seems to demand dedication from those involved and action is almost always expected to follow it.

Here is the Youth Climate Pledge. Developed, created, and refined by youth from all over the world who use this pledge as a foundation for their climate change efforts. Now you can show your commitment to climate change too by using your personal, collective, and institutional power to bring the pledge from paper to the real world.


tps_survey_arrow_2My Home:

  1. Purchase energy efficient products
  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  3. Turn off lights
  4. Avoid wasting water by taking short showers and turning off running water
  5. Waste less food and reuse waste by composting

My School:

  1. Involve school board and administration to get energy efficient technology and curriculum infused with environmental issues
  2. Recycle in every classroom
  3. Turn off anything unused at night
  4. Use recycled or recyclable furniture, carpet, etc. within the school building
  5. Educate peers and their families on environmental concerns and how they can take action
  6. Reduce paper copies and print double-sided

My Community:

  1. Encourage public transportation, walking, biking, and carpooling
  2. Involve local government in environmental issues such as protecting local ecosystems and biodiversity, waste management, and recycling
  3. Protect and encourage the use of public parks, forests, and other green areas
  4. Grant funding to low income areas for developing sustainable programs
  5. Convert waste to energy and electricity

My Country:

  1. Create more green areas by planting trees, reforestation, and protecting national parks
  2. Develop and use alternative energy sources such as wind, biofuel, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and nuclear power
  3. Provide tax credits, government incentives, and funding for sustainable programs and behaviors
  4. Conserve and reuse water and other limited resources
  5. Develop environmental education programs and fund student efforts to learn about environmental solutions

Take the Pledge!


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