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NCIPL Youth Leaders Initiative (YLI)

The Youth Leaders Initiative (NCIPL YLI) is a youth network focused on educating, inspiring, and mobilizing to lead faith & spiritual communities to act on climate. Our mission is to empower youth climate leaders of faith & spirituality to head the climate justice movement by engaging in energy efficiency, sustainable living, creation care practices, and advocacy as a means of creatively reducing our carbon footprints. We believe in creating a space for youth climate leaders of faith to build community, brainstorm, encourage and support one another with a shared mission of caring for all of Creation. 

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Watch the video produced by YLI, then check out Youth resources below!


Carbon Footprint Calculator

Many of our daily activities - such as using electricity, driving a car, or disposing of waste - cause greenhouse gas emissions. Together these emissions make up a household's carbon footprint. Everyone's carbon footprint is different depending on their location, habits, and personal choices. Click an check yours out!


The Best Poems about Climate Change

"As climate change continues to wreak havoc on populations across the United States and around the globe, writers are fighting back with words that haunt, inspire, and in the best of all possible cases, provoke to action."

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Climate Change Negotiations Game

"Role playing exercise of the UN Climate Change negotiations for groups.

It is unique in that it uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations during the event. We encourage you to organize a World Climate Simulation yourself!"


Juliana vs United States

"A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels"

Find out how youth are getting involved in the judicial system to fight climate change!

"Some Questions You Might Ask"

by Mary Oliver

Is the soul solid, like iron?
Or is it tender and breakable, like
the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl?
Who has it, and who doesn’t?
I keep looking around me.
The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus.
The swan opens her white wings slowly.
In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness.
One question leads to another.
Does it have a shape? Like an iceberg?
Like the eye of a hummingbird?
Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?
Why should I have it, and not the anteater
who loves her children?
Why should I have it, and not the camel?
Come to think of it, what about the maple trees?
What about the blue iris?
What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?
What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves?
What about the grass?

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