Campus Climate Corps (CCC) is a joint effort of university student volunteers working with Florida-based non-profit organizations Intelligentsia International and Alpha Epsilon Lambda to help U.S. student organizations address the issue of climate change.
The first CCC event was an exhibit and a workshop at the 2015 U.N. Conference of Youth (COY11), preceding the U.N. Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21). The Paris Climate Change Workshop discussed what U.S. student organizations are doing on the issue
and how international students can help through volunteer activities in the USA. More than 4000 international students attended the COY11 events in Paris.
During 2016, CCC primarily focused on organizing students to raise awareness about the potentially catastrophic actions the presidential candidate (and then the elected US president) Donald Trump has in mind -
he says he would tear up the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Regardless of the US presidential election results, which coincided with our participation at COY12 in Marrakesh, we at CCC keep working to motivate
young Americans and international students to make progress on climate change challenges.
Campus Climate Corps in 2017 hosted a virtual poster session in Bonn during the COY 13. We came up with an innovative approach of running a "virtual poster session" in which US students delivered live, interactive poster presentations to COY13-Bonn attendees.
The virtual poster session reduced GHG gas emissions by 95% compared to overseas flights for the US poster authors.
During COY 14 in Poland in late 2018, we will expand the approach of "virtual poster sessions" even further. In 2018 Campus Climate Corps also plans to host a COY technical symposium in the USA, ideally at Kennedy Space Center and Orlando.
The goal of Campus Climate Corps is to mobilize more university students, and particularly the advanced science & technology, social science, and leadership graduate students into action on the issue of climate
change using an expanding network of Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapters at campuses nationwide. The intent is to promote a national focus (like the Space Race & Arms Race) on radical technological solutions to the
climate crisis over the next 40 years. The premise is that, given past and current demonstrations of flawed human nature and economic practices, dramatic technological advances and implementations are likely the
only possibility for fending off catastrophic climate outcomes and the destructive social unrest, suffering and conflict that awaits the next few (hopefully not the last few) generations of humans. As CCC's
Sisyphus-inspired logo implies, as futile as these efforts may ultimately prove to be, they are inherent to classical Western understanding of the human condition...we are condemned to such struggles as
punishment for our collective hubris. Campus Climate Corps engages this present struggle as a mission worthy of enlightened yet humble souls together facing the ultimate human challenge.
So, learn about our projects, get familiar with our program conditions and if interested, submit us your application.