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How will we move the planet forward? It's time to make your voice heard; submit your essay to the Editor

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President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Fundamentally, this decision reflects the belief that climate change is neither a serious problem nor human induced. What’s next for efforts to mitigate climate change? For global action? American leadership? Renewable energy? Science?

Here at Planet Forward, we are focused on innovations, the science and the stories that can inspire us and move our planet forward. The time is now, more than ever, to engage in a meaningful conversation about our planet's future.

Raise your voice. Weigh in. Tell us in a 300-750 word written or 1-2 minute video essay:

  • How does leaving the Paris Accord change the way we tell the climate story? 
  • How will the departure affect your life, your studies or your line of work? 
  • How do you think leaving the Paris Accord will affect the innovations needed to “move the planet forward”?
  • How can we better tell the story of our planet — in a way that compels and engages us, rather than divides us?

Let’s embark on this story together. Share yours with the Editor at We’ll consider your essay for publication on

Lead the conversation and become a Planet Forward correspondent!

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We're seeking 10 talented students

Planet Forward post their stories and work closely with staff to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas and determine how best to present these stories. Correspondents' work is freature on, is eligible for our annual Storyfest prize, and may be featured at our annual Summit in Washington, DC. 


1. You'll submit four stories during the schoolyear, building a portfolio of work. One story will be entered in Storyfest.

2. Gain e xposure as we share your stories on our social networks; you'll do the same to boost your network. 

3. We'll stay in touch with calls, conversations and regular editorial meetings.

4. We'll get to know and support each other! Work with other correspondents across the country.

As correspondents, you will 

  • have your stories featured on
  • receive a travel grant to the April Planet Forward Summit at the George Washington University in Washington, DC
  • enjoy VIP access at the Planet Forward Summit and other events
  • attend a private correspondent lunch with former CNN Washington Bureau Chief and Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno
  • access storytelling workshops, leadership opportunities, and mentorship from Planet Forward's experienced media team