The theme of today’s post is the youth of America. From increased campus activity to rising lawmakers championing climate solutions, we have hope for the present and future with today’s news!

Latergram on EnCourage Tour: This article appeared in the Concordian, the campus paper for Concordia College, where Bob took the EnCourage Tour on November 1st. Dr. Kenneth Foster, political science professor and chair of the President’s Sustainability Council, called the visit by republicEn.org important to “help conservative students to see that they can play a role in debating what we, as a society, can do to deal with climate change…It is essential to have trusted leaders on both sides of the political divide who are willing to bring people together to find common ground.” Students from Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University were also in attendance.

Young GOP activists ramp up: The American Conservative Council (ACC), a group of young GOP campus activists advocating pro-market clean-energy policies, just hit 30 states with college Republican chairs who have voiced support for a clean energy future. “Compared to how the Republican Party has been diminishing the issue for the last few years, we are encouraging them to make it a priority,” University of Washington sophomore Benjamin Backer, ACC’s president, told CNBC in an interview. “Clean energy is an issue that brings both sides together and creates a lot of jobs if it’s done the right way,” said Backer. “Republicans will continue to lose the youth vote if they don’t embrace the environment in a massive way.”

Curbelo accepts award: Florida’s Rep. Carlos Curbleo is a rising and ardent champion of climate solutions and was just rewarded with the JFK New Frontier Award. “Public officials have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I am fortunate for the opportunity to do the work of bringing colleagues in Congress together to confront this great challenge and secure the future,” Curbelo said on Monday.

We’d like to leave today on a high note, so we’ll save the jester for later in the week. Enjoy your Wednesday!