A Youth-Led Intergenerational
Action Network

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Arctic Angels are committed to protecting our Global Commons.

Meet the Arctic Angels

Hi, my name is Astrid. At age 5, I founded EPIC-Animals, a program that teaches kids about endangered animals and how to take legislative and institutional action to save them. EPIC stands for Every Person Initiate Change, it’s a call to action. We link kids at the epicenter of climate change and the front lines of poaching and deforestation to kids in big cities and at the seats of political power and we find ways to be sure the issues are heard and action is taken.

We believe that messages delivered from us, young kids, have an innate magical quality – a grace – that appeals to everyone from industrialists, to politicians. This early engagement also prepares us kids to better manage the planet, which soon will be ours. At the age of 6, I successfully testified on behalf of endangered animals before the Maryland State Legislature. Since then I have been interviewing global naturalists and legislators and had many requests to testify, lobby and give speeches all over – including the Gwichin Nation 120 miles above the arctic circle. In fact, I just returned from a speech at the Vatican a few months ago where we agreed I will adapt for children the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si, together with indigenous kids and children of every faith.

It is an amazing opportunity to promote change. Now, together with Arctic Angels I am building a speakers bureau that will help place passionate kids like you before major audiences and media worldwide. I hope you will join us. Wildly yours, Astrid

Hi, my name is Astrid. At age 5, I founded EPIC-Animals, a program that teaches kids about endangered animals and how to take legislative and institutional action to save them. EPIC stands for Every Person Initiate Change, it’s a call to action. We link kids at the epicenter of climate change and the front lines of poaching and deforestation to kids in big cities and at the seats of political power and we find ways to be sure the issues are heard and action is taken.

We believe that messages delivered from us, young kids, have an innate magical quality – a grace – that appeals to everyone from industrialists, to politicians. This early engagement also prepares us kids to better manage the planet, which soon will be ours. At the age of 6, I successfully testified on behalf of endangered animals before the Maryland State Legislature. Since then I have been interviewing global naturalists and legislators and had many requests to testify, lobby and give speeches all over – including the Gwichin Nation 120 miles above the arctic circle. In fact, I just returned from a speech at the Vatican a few months ago where we agreed I will adapt for children the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si, together with indigenous kids and children of every faith.

It is an amazing opportunity to promote change. Now, together with Arctic Angels I am building a speakers bureau that will help place passionate kids like you before major audiences and media worldwide. I hope you will join us. Wildly yours, Astrid

From growing up swimming in the Great Lakes to skiing and climbing the Rocky Mountains, my love for the outdoors runs deep. I studied Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. This is where my roots and passion for environmental science, health, sustainability, and policy flourished. I love learning about and understanding the interconnectedness of our earth system and how everything is linked to one another. During my Fulbright Fellowship in Helsinki, Finland, I researched nature-based solutions to solve global challenges like land-use change and human health. I believe that protecting the Arctic and our Global Commons are pressing matters for biodiversity, our climate, and most importantly, our livelihoods. Being a young environmentalist concerned with climate change and working to protect our Global Commons is one of the most responsible and educational experiences I can give back to Earth.

From growing up swimming in the Great Lakes to skiing and climbing the Rocky Mountains, my love for the outdoors runs deep. I studied Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. This is where my roots and passion for environmental science, health, sustainability, and policy flourished. I love learning about and understanding the interconnectedness of our earth system and how everything is linked to one another. During my Fulbright Fellowship in Helsinki, Finland, I researched nature-based solutions to solve global challenges like land-use change and human health. I believe that protecting the Arctic and our Global Commons are pressing matters for biodiversity, our climate, and most importantly, our livelihoods. Being a young environmentalist concerned with climate change and working to protect our Global Commons is one of the most responsible and educational experiences I can give back to Earth.

Xiye is a teenage climate activist based in New York City and one of the lead organizers of the Fridays For Future youth climate strike movement. Xiye was born and raised in Mexico as part of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous Peoples and holds that philosophy and value-system for caring for Mother Earth. She offered a youth activism training program in the summer of 2019 that helped youth prepare for the Climate March in September, 2019. At the end of March, 2020, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, she co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative. With volunteers from the five continents, they are expanding the climate justice movement by educating on how and why to pledge for personal and systemic change. Since 2018, she has spoken at conferences such as the 9th United Nations World Urban Forum, American Renewable Energy (ARE Day), COP25 and Earth X, mainly about indigenous cosmology and its role in protecting ecosystems and life systems. She received the “Spirit of the UN” award in 2018.
 

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Xiye is a teenage climate activist based in New York City and one of the lead organizers of the Fridays For Future youth climate strike movement. Xiye was born and raised in Mexico as part of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous Peoples and holds that philosophy and value-system for caring for Mother Earth. She offered a youth activism training program in the summer of 2019 that helped youth prepare for the Climate March in September, 2019. At the end of March, 2020, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, she co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative. With volunteers from the five continents, they are expanding the climate justice movement by educating on how and why to pledge for personal and systemic change. Since 2018, she has spoken at conferences such as the 9th United Nations World Urban Forum, American Renewable Energy (ARE Day), COP25 and Earth X, mainly about indigenous cosmology and its role in protecting ecosystems and life systems. She received the “Spirit of the UN” award in 2018. Read Xiye’s thoughts on the importance of intersectionality and inclusion in the climate movement here –
 

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I am 8 years old and in third grade. I do this because I want the animals and humans to survive, and to save the environment. I met Xiye Batista in Aspen when she was on one of my dad’s panels and I told her that I want to be the President of the United States. She asked me to lead the climate march with Greta and her in New York City but we agreed that it would be better for me to organize at my school. I did a big speech in front of all the third grade about the climate crisis. I was scared but I did it anyway, and I felt great after and all my friends came up and hugged me. Life is tough but so are we!

I am 8 years old and in third grade. I do this because I want the animals and humans to survive, and to save the environment. I met Xiye Batista in Aspen when she was on one of my dad’s panels and I told her that I want to be the President of the United States. She asked me to lead the climate march with Greta and her in New York City but we agreed that it would be better for me to organize at my school. I did a big speech in front of all the third grade about the climate crisis. I was scared but I did it anyway, and I felt great after and all my friends came up and hugged me. Life is tough but so are we!

Emma is a climate communicator and ocean conservationist living in London. Emma works at Greenhouse Communications, supporting organisations and companies fighting the climate and ocean crisis. Formerly the Coordinator of Arctic Angels, Emma mentored and built the network to cover over 25 countries. She has spoken publicly on the urgent need to protect the polar ecosystems and been interviewed on climate priorities and youth leadership. Previously, Emma also worked as a Field Leader at Wildlife Sense in Kefalonia, coordinating international volunteers and conserving the marine biodiversity of the island.

Emma is a climate communicator and ocean conservationist living in London. Emma works at Greenhouse Communications, supporting organisations and companies fighting the climate and ocean crisis. Formerly the Coordinator of Arctic Angels, Emma mentored and built the network to cover over 25 countries. She has spoken publicly on the urgent need to protect the polar ecosystems and been interviewed on climate priorities and youth leadership. Previously, Emma also worked as a Field Leader at Wildlife Sense in Kefalonia, coordinating international volunteers and conserving the marine biodiversity of the island.

Driven by a passion for global citizenship, Chess has spent the last half-decade spearheading numerous socially and environmentally conscious initiatives from podcasts to climate action networks. With a diverse background and dedication to community building, Chess leads various sustainable ventures and businesses. She actively champions the efforts of Global Choices, passionately raising awareness of the polar ice crisis on platforms throughout the UK.

Driven by a passion for global citizenship, Chess has spent the last half-decade spearheading numerous socially and environmentally conscious initiatives from podcasts to climate action networks. With a diverse background and dedication to community building, Chess leads various sustainable ventures and businesses. She actively champions the efforts of Global Choices, passionately raising awareness of the polar ice crisis on platforms throughout the UK.

I am a passionate climate justice activist from Uganda and I organize climate strikes. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Economics from Makerere University. I am intrigued by environmental and climate related subjects and research. I am a National Coordinator of the Rise Up Movement and an active member in the Youth for the Future Africa group – both of which are headed up by my fellow climate activist, Vanessa Nakate. I am also active with Fridays for Future, the international movement of school students striking for bold climate action, and a member of Defend the Defenders for Zoka Forest. In 2020, I was selected as a Green Ambassador for Climate in Africa.

I am a passionate climate justice activist from Uganda and I organize climate strikes. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Economics from Makerere University. I am intrigued by environmental and climate related subjects and research. I am a National Coordinator of the Rise Up Movement and an active member in the Youth for the Future Africa group – both of which are headed up by my fellow climate activist, Vanessa Nakate. I am also active with Fridays for Future, the international movement of school students striking for bold climate action, and a member of Defend the Defenders for Zoka Forest. In 2020, I was selected as a Green Ambassador for Climate in Africa.

Taegen began making documentaries at age 12 to raise awareness about the plight of our planet’s most critically endangered species, the impact of decreasing biodiversity and critical issues. Today, the 17-year-old’s short films have been shown around the world and have earned her annual invitations to speak at the United Nations, The Department of the Interior, and the National Geographic Society. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses her films in courses being taught in San Salvador, Budapest, Vietnam and Gaborone. Taegen was awarded Interpol’s “Fostering Partnerships in Conservation: Bridging Civil Society and Government Action” award which was presented by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Most recently, she became the recipient of Action for Nature’s “2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award”. Taegen is an ambassador for The Perfect World Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is working to show today’s youth that there is power in their voices and that the ripple effect that young voices create can help us to build a more sustainable, environmentally viable, and biodiverse world for all of the creatures who call it home.
Taegen began making documentaries at age 12 to raise awareness about the plight of our planet’s most critically endangered species, the impact of decreasing biodiversity and critical issues. Today, the 17-year-old’s short films have been shown around the world and have earned her annual invitations to speak at the United Nations, The Department of the Interior, and the National Geographic Society. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses her films in courses being taught in San Salvador, Budapest, Vietnam and Gaborone. Taegen was awarded Interpol’s “Fostering Partnerships in Conservation: Bridging Civil Society and Government Action” award which was presented by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Most recently, she became the recipient of Action for Nature’s “2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award”. Taegen is an ambassador for The Perfect World Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is working to show today’s youth that there is power in their voices and that the ripple effect that young voices create can help us to build a more sustainable, environmentally viable, and biodiverse world for all of the creatures who call it home.

Vasser recently graduated with cum laude honors from the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. During her time in Athens, Vasser worked for UGA’S Office of Sustainability as the Grants and Engagement Director, represented the university as the UGA Student Sustainability Ambassador, and pursued an education outside the classroom as an intern at the United Nations Foundation and TEDWomen. After graduation, she began consulting with non-profit, business and individual clients, specializing in communications, digital media, and strategic development, to enhance brands that create positive impacts on society. Vasser continues to promote and support her family’s legacy and commitment to environmental responsibility through her family’s foundation, the Turner Foundation, as Trustee-Elect and the first Chairperson of the Turner 3rd Generation board. Most recently, she has taken a lead on the Deep Seabed Mining issue, gathering a coalition of scientists, NGO’s and industry leaders to push a campaign raising public awareness and engagement.

Vasser recently graduated with cum laude honors from the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. During her time in Athens, Vasser worked for UGA’S Office of Sustainability as the Grants and Engagement Director, represented the university as the UGA Student Sustainability Ambassador, and pursued an education outside the classroom as an intern at the United Nations Foundation and TEDWomen. After graduation, she began consulting with non-profit, business and individual clients, specializing in communications, digital media, and strategic development, to enhance brands that create positive impacts on society. Vasser continues to promote and support her family’s legacy and commitment to environmental responsibility through her family’s foundation, the Turner Foundation, as Trustee-Elect and the first Chairperson of the Turner 3rd Generation board. Most recently, she has taken a lead on the Deep Seabed Mining issue, gathering a coalition of scientists, NGO’s and industry leaders to push a campaign raising public awareness and engagement.

Growing up in Colorado, Glenna’s (they/she) love for the environment flourished as they got to experience the beauty of nature through family ski trips, hikes, and bike rides. This constant access to the outdoors fueled their passion for climate activism and environmentalism. Glenna is currently studying at Oregon State University. They are majoring in Environmental Sciences and minoring in Spanish. She is also the co-president of the Environmental Sciences Club and a part of OSU’s Sustainability Council. Passionate about environmental education, they hope to explore the most effective way to approach and teach about climate change to offer hope and inspiration for future generations. Believing that education is the foundation for climate activism, Glenna wants to get involved in science education after college and eventually become a teacher.

Growing up in Colorado, Glenna’s (they/she) love for the environment flourished as they got to experience the beauty of nature through family ski trips, hikes, and bike rides. This constant access to the outdoors fueled their passion for climate activism and environmentalism. Glenna is currently studying at Oregon State University. They are majoring in Environmental Sciences and minoring in Spanish. She is also the co-president of the Environmental Sciences Club and a part of OSU’s Sustainability Council. Passionate about environmental education, they hope to explore the most effective way to approach and teach about climate change to offer hope and inspiration for future generations. Believing that education is the foundation for climate activism, Glenna wants to get involved in science education after college and eventually become a teacher.

Mitzi Jonelle is a youth climate activist from the Philippines, one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, and one of the top 3 most dangerous countries for environmental defenders. She has always been very passionate about the environment. Even at the age of 9, she would go up to strangers and tell them about greenhouse gases and global warming because she saw the destruction happening around her after every typhoon. In University, she was a student leader and became part of the College of Science Student Council where she was part of the environmental concerns committee. In 2017, Mitzi was able to talk with one of the leaders of the the Lumad indigenous group in the Philippines and he told her about how they were being militarised, displaced, harassed, and killed all for defending the forests, the environment, their home and that was why they have no choice but to fight back. That was when she realized that we need collective action to push for systemic change. In 2019, she co-founded Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines, the FFF of the Philippines and has been raising awareness, talking to policy makers, organising strikes, and making connections globally ever since. Also active in Fridays for Future International, Mitzi always brings her advocacies of climate justice, intersectional environmentalism, and leadership of the vulnerable everywhere she goes. She also always fights to make sure that voices from the Global South are heard, amplified, and given space.

Mitzi Jonelle is a youth climate activist from the Philippines, one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, and one of the top 3 most dangerous countries for environmental defenders. She has always been very passionate about the environment. Even at the age of 9, she would go up to strangers and tell them about greenhouse gases and global warming because she saw the destruction happening around her after every typhoon. In University, she was a student leader and became part of the College of Science Student Council where she was part of the environmental concerns committee. In 2017, Mitzi was able to talk with one of the leaders of the the Lumad indigenous group in the Philippines and he told her about how they were being militarised, displaced, harassed, and killed all for defending the forests, the environment, their home and that was why they have no choice but to fight back. That was when she realized that we need collective action to push for systemic change. In 2019, she co-founded Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines, the FFF of the Philippines and has been raising awareness, talking to policy makers, organising strikes, and making connections globally ever since. Also active in Fridays for Future International, Mitzi always brings her advocacies of climate justice, intersectional environmentalism, and leadership of the vulnerable everywhere she goes. She also always fights to make sure that voices from the Global South are heard, amplified, and given space.

Anna has been a passionate environmentalist and outdoor recreation enthusiast since a young age. Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, Anna has spent much of her life exploring the outdoors and championing its value and necessary conservation. In high school, she was the president of the environmental club, and at university, Anna lived and documented a Zero Waste lifestyle (@ZeroWasteZag), presenting at conferences and assisting with trainings in the Spokane, Washington area. She also founded the ReThink Waste club at her university, a group aimed at addressing the waste crisis on an institutional scale, and Mend it Monday, a “pop-up” of volunteers who mend clothes for free to address the intersections between issues of “Fast Fashion” and local poverty. Anna also served as the Sustainability Chair for her university’s Student Body Association and worked in her campus’ Office of Sustainability. Anna is most passionate, though, about human-nature relationships and intersectional environmentalism as a social justice movement. She has conducted research in Peru on rural Amazonian perspectives of deforestation and received her degree from Gonzaga University, Magna Cum Laude, in Environmental Studies and Sociology. Anna will be attending law school in 2021 to pursue Environmental Law.

Anna has been a passionate environmentalist and outdoor recreation enthusiast since a young age. Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, Anna has spent much of her life exploring the outdoors and championing its value and necessary conservation. In high school, she was the president of the environmental club, and at university, Anna lived and documented a Zero Waste lifestyle (@ZeroWasteZag), presenting at conferences and assisting with trainings in the Spokane, Washington area. She also founded the ReThink Waste club at her university, a group aimed at addressing the waste crisis on an institutional scale, and Mend it Monday, a “pop-up” of volunteers who mend clothes for free to address the intersections between issues of “Fast Fashion” and local poverty. Anna also served as the Sustainability Chair for her university’s Student Body Association and worked in her campus’ Office of Sustainability. Anna is most passionate, though, about human-nature relationships and intersectional environmentalism as a social justice movement. She has conducted research in Peru on rural Amazonian perspectives of deforestation and received her degree from Gonzaga University, Magna Cum Laude, in Environmental Studies and Sociology. Anna will be attending law school in 2021 to pursue Environmental Law.

Ariana is passionate about forests and their conservation, researching the concept of freedom, and questioning the current social constructs. Today, she is the founder of 108forests, a US-based Purpose Trust aiming to make forests profitable without cutting or degrading them. Her goal is to create communities in which people live as part of nature, instead of being separate from it. Previously, when she was 17 y.o she started her first non-profit organization, Interact Tulcea Delta, helping youths create projects that grew the local Romanian economy. Once the organization started running as a self-sufficient entity, Ariana started working in Public Relations, Marketing, and Sustainable Fashion. She also founded a soft-skills academy, DOER DNA, which was active in Germany, The Netherlands, and Romania, working with people from 14y.o to 34 y.o.
Ariana is passionate about forests and their conservation, researching the concept of freedom, and questioning the current social constructs. Today, she is the founder of 108forests, a US-based Purpose Trust aiming to make forests profitable without cutting or degrading them. Her goal is to create communities in which people live as part of nature, instead of being separate from it. Previously, when she was 17 y.o she started her first non-profit organization, Interact Tulcea Delta, helping youths create projects that grew the local Romanian economy. Once the organization started running as a self-sufficient entity, Ariana started working in Public Relations, Marketing, and Sustainable Fashion. She also founded a soft-skills academy, DOER DNA, which was active in Germany, The Netherlands, and Romania, working with people from 14y.o to 34 y.o.

I believe that as global citizens, it is our duty to look after our planet Mother Earth. My name is Tammy. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, an island with great natural sceneries, I have developed my field of interest towards environmental protection at a very young age. At age 11, I was privileged to be introduced to Model United Nations, where I have participated in a wide variety of conferences, mostly regarding to environmental issues. I got in touch with the Arctic Angels at the UN Impact Summit program hosted by a few Angels where I was motivated to make an approach. I was inspired to use this platform to raise up my own voice towards current severe issues, targeting our Mother Earth. Growing up in a generation like this, specifically living through a pandemic, people often ignore the core values that our Earth holds. We often focus more on ourselves rather than how we can make a change in this world. While animals heavily rely on the Arctic, the Arctic is currently warming at a rate almost twice the global average. As stated above, we global citizens should recognize our duty and step up to raise awareness regarding to this subject.

I believe that as global citizens, it is our duty to look after our planet Mother Earth. My name is Tammy. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, an island with great natural sceneries, I have developed my field of interest towards environmental protection at a very young age. At age 11, I was privileged to be introduced to Model United Nations, where I have participated in a wide variety of conferences, mostly regarding to environmental issues. I got in touch with the Arctic Angels at the UN Impact Summit program hosted by a few Angels where I was motivated to make an approach. I was inspired to use this platform to raise up my own voice towards current severe issues, targeting our Mother Earth. Growing up in a generation like this, specifically living through a pandemic, people often ignore the core values that our Earth holds. We often focus more on ourselves rather than how we can make a change in this world. While animals heavily rely on the Arctic, the Arctic is currently warming at a rate almost twice the global average. As stated above, we global citizens should recognize our duty and step up to raise awareness regarding to this subject.

Iluuna was born and raised in Nuuk, Greenland, and has always been very close to nature. Now 21 years old and studying Techno-Antropology in Copenhagen. Since early 2019 she started doing climate activism and has made some climate marches, participating in many media projects to spread the message. Iluuna is a Students on ice alumni and has worked on many various projects in the field of climate activism, biodiversity, and plastic pollution. She Is a traditional Greenlandic mask dancer and learned to dance by her family, its a way to keep her culture close while studying abroad and to keep the culture and dance alive.

Iluuna was born and raised in Nuuk, Greenland, and has always been very close to nature. Now 21 years old and studying Techno-Antropology in Copenhagen. Since early 2019 she started doing climate activism and has made some climate marches, participating in many media projects to spread the message. Iluuna is a Students on ice alumni and has worked on many various projects in the field of climate activism, biodiversity, and plastic pollution. She Is a traditional Greenlandic mask dancer and learned to dance by her family, its a way to keep her culture close while studying abroad and to keep the culture and dance alive.

Beth is a climate advocate from Dublin, Ireland. She has been involved in climate activism since 2019, beginning as an organiser of the school strikes. Since then, she has worked nationally and internationally on climate justice, including the case which overturned Ireland’s climate legislation and representing young people on the national strategy for Education for Sustainable Development. She worked to improve equitable access to public transport across Ireland, which resulted in a 50% reduction of fares for young people. She is currently a final-year law student at the University of Cambridge. In her first two years of university, she coordinated a two-year process for a special thematic report on the link between the climate crisis and children’s rights in Ireland. She presented this report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva as part of Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review. She is currently a Legal Researcher and Policy Analyst with Global Choices, working to draft legal and policy proposals to protect the Arctic. In her role as Vice President of the Cambridge Climate Society, she works to empower students to engage with the climate crisis and to explore solutions. She is driven by a passion for justice and a liveable future.

Beth is a climate advocate from Dublin, Ireland. She has been involved in climate activism since 2019, beginning as an organiser of the school strikes. Since then, she has worked nationally and internationally on climate justice, including the case which overturned Ireland’s climate legislation and representing young people on the national strategy for Education for Sustainable Development. She worked to improve equitable access to public transport across Ireland, which resulted in a 50% reduction of fares for young people. She is currently a final-year law student at the University of Cambridge. In her first two years of university, she coordinated a two-year process for a special thematic report on the link between the climate crisis and children’s rights in Ireland. She presented this report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva as part of Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review. She is currently a Legal Researcher and Policy Analyst with Global Choices, working to draft legal and policy proposals to protect the Arctic. In her role as Vice President of the Cambridge Climate Society, she works to empower students to engage with the climate crisis and to explore solutions. She is driven by a passion for justice and a liveable future.

Originally from Arkhangelsk, Alexandra is a French-Russian student in social sciences. Her dual culture has made her passionate about cultural diversity and international relations in general. Concerned about climate change and eager to understand and act on its mitigation, she decided to study the region most affected by this phenomenon, the Arctic. Recently she obtained her Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Culture – Arctic Studies at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines. In 2019, Alexandra was part of the task force for Arctic week 2019, an event organised by her university at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Europe, which gathered social and environmental scientists with indigenous peoples. In March 2020, she participated in the Model Arctic Council as part of the Icelandic Chairmanship, in which the negociations focused on plastic pollution and marine protected areas. She is currently involved in raising awareness of Arctic issues by taking part in October 2020 in the Polar Week (organised by APECS France), during which she presented the different indigenous populations of the Arctic to primary school classes, and by writing two articles for the association of Geopolitical Studies in France, on the consequences of the permafrost thaw and the EU’s participation in the Arctic Council.

Originally from Arkhangelsk, Alexandra is a French-Russian student in social sciences. Her dual culture has made her passionate about cultural diversity and international relations in general. Concerned about climate change and eager to understand and act on its mitigation, she decided to study the region most affected by this phenomenon, the Arctic. Recently she obtained her Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Culture – Arctic Studies at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines. In 2019, Alexandra was part of the task force for Arctic week 2019, an event organised by her university at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Europe, which gathered social and environmental scientists with indigenous peoples. In March 2020, she participated in the Model Arctic Council as part of the Icelandic Chairmanship, in which the negociations focused on plastic pollution and marine protected areas. She is currently involved in raising awareness of Arctic issues by taking part in October 2020 in the Polar Week (organised by APECS France), during which she presented the different indigenous populations of the Arctic to primary school classes, and by writing two articles for the association of Geopolitical Studies in France, on the consequences of the permafrost thaw and the EU’s participation in the Arctic Council.

I am Veronika, from sLOVEnia. Small but diverse landscape with sea, mountains, forests, wetlands, flatlands… made me fall in love with mother Gaia and never have I even thought about being someone above. The respect towards other beings was placed into my cradle. Through seeing and feeling the pain of disrespect and overexploitation of resources on our planet, I have decided to choose a career that I will passionately work on and protect our natural values as they are indeed my own. I am finishing my Bachelor’s degree at Environmental Protection College. Through all 7 years on this path, I have been working on a variety of projects which are always connected with sustainability, environmentalism. From prototyping green tech solutions to doing research on how Slovenia is meeting Europe and UNFCCC agreements, I have done my own research on protected parts of nature in my local region (2016), volunteered for CABS on Cyprus (activism against bird slaughtering), created volunteer workshops for youth and raising awareness, worked as laboratory assistant for analysing wastewater, soil, air samples and been a bird keeper in Bird Park Malta. Alongside my studies I have also attended EU summer schools, the last one was Journey (EIT Climate KIC programme) where we intensively and systematically worked on systems change. Often I am asking myself »How did we come to the point where we need to readjust the system, therefore, the first of the values that the system should be built on – respect towards nature and our own selves, each other – needs to be reintegrated into our society?« This is motivating me as I know, that we are able to invoke it. I trust that we can put aside egocentrism, step together, bring consciousness to the level where we understand coherence between everything on the planet and start living our own life’s missions as I believe that with living ourselves, into the core of our being, we do well for everybody and everything, since we are all unique and have our own spark to bring onto this planet.
I am Veronika, from sLOVEnia. Small but diverse landscape with sea, mountains, forests, wetlands, flatlands… made me fall in love with mother Gaia and never have I even thought about being someone above. The respect towards other beings was placed into my cradle. Through seeing and feeling the pain of disrespect and overexploitation of resources on our planet, I have decided to choose a career that I will passionately work on and protect our natural values as they are indeed my own. I am finishing my Bachelor’s degree at Environmental Protection College. Through all 7 years on this path, I have been working on a variety of projects which are always connected with sustainability, environmentalism. From prototyping green tech solutions to doing research on how Slovenia is meeting Europe and UNFCCC agreements, I have done my own research on protected parts of nature in my local region (2016), volunteered for CABS on Cyprus (activism against bird slaughtering), created volunteer workshops for youth and raising awareness, worked as laboratory assistant for analysing wastewater, soil, air samples and been a bird keeper in Bird Park Malta. Alongside my studies I have also attended EU summer schools, the last one was Journey (EIT Climate KIC programme) where we intensively and systematically worked on systems change. Often I am asking myself »How did we come to the point where we need to readjust the system, therefore, the first of the values that the system should be built on – respect towards nature and our own selves, each other – needs to be reintegrated into our society?« This is motivating me as I know, that we are able to invoke it. I trust that we can put aside egocentrism, step together, bring consciousness to the level where we understand coherence between everything on the planet and start living our own life’s missions as I believe that with living ourselves, into the core of our being, we do well for everybody and everything, since we are all unique and have our own spark to bring onto this planet.

Sara is a Mexican biologist passionate about environmental education and socio-environmental systems research. As a National Geographic Explorer, she created and led a project to work with communities in the Yum Balam Protected Area to enhance resilience towards climate change using Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches and participatory methods. This experience showed her the importance of sharing stories to raise awareness and promote action, along with the necessity of pushing the boundaries of climate action and cooperation among generations. In light of this, she focused on education and became a teacher, environmental education program coordinator, and a National Geographic Certified Educator, aiming to inspire younger generations. Alongside her work, Sara has an active participation in environmental networks. She manages organizational governance processes in Rellac-Joven, an initiative that is already active in 9 Latin American countries that promotes the empowerment and inclusion of youth in decision making to transform the Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, she is an ambassador of MY World Mexico, where she supports the implementation of 2030 Agenda in her country. And last year, she became a Climate Reality Leader and a member of Generation 10 (WWF) to connect with other environmentalists and leaders, hoping to build a more articulated community that addresses and works for environmental and social justice.

Sara is a Mexican biologist passionate about environmental education and socio-environmental systems research. As a National Geographic Explorer, she created and led a project to work with communities in the Yum Balam Protected Area to enhance resilience towards climate change using Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches and participatory methods. This experience showed her the importance of sharing stories to raise awareness and promote action, along with the necessity of pushing the boundaries of climate action and cooperation among generations. In light of this, she focused on education and became a teacher, environmental education program coordinator, and a National Geographic Certified Educator, aiming to inspire younger generations. Alongside her work, Sara has an active participation in environmental networks. She manages organizational governance processes in Rellac-Joven, an initiative that is already active in 9 Latin American countries that promotes the empowerment and inclusion of youth in decision making to transform the Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, she is an ambassador of MY World Mexico, where she supports the implementation of 2030 Agenda in her country. And last year, she became a Climate Reality Leader and a member of Generation 10 (WWF) to connect with other environmentalists and leaders, hoping to build a more articulated community that addresses and works for environmental and social justice.

Sofía is a 22-year-old political science student at the University of Costa Rica and a human rights activist, specifically for climate justice and gender equality. She is currently part of Fridays For Future Costa Rica, Escazú Ahora Costa Rica and one of the co-founders of Latinas for Climate and Re-Earth Initiative, also was part of the first Costa Rican youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties. She has been part of different projects with the UN Youth Envoy and Unicef Costa Rica on climate justice. Her areas of expertise are youth and civil society participation in public policy processes, human rights, diplomacy and environmental democracy.

Sofía is a 22-year-old political science student at the University of Costa Rica and a human rights activist, specifically for climate justice and gender equality. She is currently part of Fridays For Future Costa Rica, Escazú Ahora Costa Rica and one of the co-founders of Latinas for Climate and Re-Earth Initiative, also was part of the first Costa Rican youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties. She has been part of different projects with the UN Youth Envoy and Unicef Costa Rica on climate justice. Her areas of expertise are youth and civil society participation in public policy processes, human rights, diplomacy and environmental democracy.

Hi! My name is Sofia Ferrigolo: a youth climate activist and curious student who believes that by potentializing a holistic understanding and raising awareness we can solve anything. Being Brazilian has made me connect to and appreciate the strength of our nature. From our 11,000 km of coast, to the dense Amazon Rainforest and extensive rivers, Brazil has an enormous biodiversity. In contrast, the lack of youth protagonism, low female participation in politics and scarce environmental education are factors that contribute to the destruction of our natural heritage. The sad reality is that this isn’t only happening in Brazil, but all over our planet. The impact of past actions has been catching up with all of us for the last few decades and now more than ever action is vital to change the unfortunate path we are following and enable us to head to a better future. Triggered by the wildfires in Brazil and everything that happened in 2020, I joined ClimateScience, an international NGO that strives for the same thing as me: education to catalyze change in the world. As founder and former national coordinator for the Brazilian Outreach team, I got to meet and lead over 300 inspiring Brazilian volunteers and together bring reliable and solution-oriented content about climate change to my country. Intending to raise the quality of environmental education to everyone, I became head of LATAM and worked with Latin American countries to do the same. I also had the opportunity to conduct a TEDx on my experience and personal action, which led me to start an initiative to help others incorporate sustainable habits into their routine. As an Arctic Angel, I strive to bring awareness to the Ice Crisis and its intersection to other local and global issues while continuing to develop my advocacy skills in a true intergenerational environment.

Hi! My name is Sofia Ferrigolo: a youth climate activist and curious student who believes that by potentializing a holistic understanding and raising awareness we can solve anything. Being Brazilian has made me connect to and appreciate the strength of our nature. From our 11,000 km of coast, to the dense Amazon Rainforest and extensive rivers, Brazil has an enormous biodiversity. In contrast, the lack of youth protagonism, low female participation in politics and scarce environmental education are factors that contribute to the destruction of our natural heritage. The sad reality is that this isn’t only happening in Brazil, but all over our planet. The impact of past actions has been catching up with all of us for the last few decades and now more than ever action is vital to change the unfortunate path we are following and enable us to head to a better future. Triggered by the wildfires in Brazil and everything that happened in 2020, I joined ClimateScience, an international NGO that strives for the same thing as me: education to catalyze change in the world. As founder and former national coordinator for the Brazilian Outreach team, I got to meet and lead over 300 inspiring Brazilian volunteers and together bring reliable and solution-oriented content about climate change to my country. Intending to raise the quality of environmental education to everyone, I became head of LATAM and worked with Latin American countries to do the same. I also had the opportunity to conduct a TEDx on my experience and personal action, which led me to start an initiative to help others incorporate sustainable habits into their routine. As an Arctic Angel, I strive to bring awareness to the Ice Crisis and its intersection to other local and global issues while continuing to develop my advocacy skills in a true intergenerational environment.

Maria Alejandra Aguilar is a Colombian lawyer bringing over five years of experience in advocacy, policy research, and analysis of socio-environmental issues and climate change. Her professional background is centered on the promotion of inclusive sustainable development and a rights-based approach to climate action. Maria holds an MSc. in Sustainability from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and a joint diploma from the University of Tokyo. In the past years, she has worked in civil society organisations as Climate Justice Coordinator and Associate Lawyer at the Colombian NGO Ambiente y Sociedad, as a consultant to facilitate a regional course on Environmental Access Rights for the World and Resources Institute, and as a member of several networks, such as Climate Action Network Latin America, YOUNGO and Global Choices’ Arctic Angels. Since 2021 Maria has been working as a consultant to the United Nations Climate Technology Network and Centre (CTCN) Youth Knowledge Exchange Programme, where she supports gender mainstreaming and Indigenous Peoples engagement. In early 2022, She joined the UNFCCC High-Level Champions as Resilience Fellow.

Maria Alejandra Aguilar is a Colombian lawyer bringing over five years of experience in advocacy, policy research, and analysis of socio-environmental issues and climate change. Her professional background is centered on the promotion of inclusive sustainable development and a rights-based approach to climate action. Maria holds an MSc. in Sustainability from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and a joint diploma from the University of Tokyo. In the past years, she has worked in civil society organisations as Climate Justice Coordinator and Associate Lawyer at the Colombian NGO Ambiente y Sociedad, as a consultant to facilitate a regional course on Environmental Access Rights for the World and Resources Institute, and as a member of several networks, such as Climate Action Network Latin America, YOUNGO and Global Choices’ Arctic Angels. Since 2021 Maria has been working as a consultant to the United Nations Climate Technology Network and Centre (CTCN) Youth Knowledge Exchange Programme, where she supports gender mainstreaming and Indigenous Peoples engagement. In early 2022, She joined the UNFCCC High-Level Champions as Resilience Fellow.

Kervelle studied Environmental Sciences, Geosciences and Geographic Information Systems at the University of Connecticut. She has experience in sustainable food systems, renewable energy, waste management, disaster management and climate action. She is a certified Community Emergency Response Team Volunteer and Shelter Manager with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and the UNESCO Caribbean Young Professionals’ Platform for Disaster Management Integration. She is completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Hazards and Risks Management. Her goal is to empower vulnerable communities by enhancing relationships between people and the environment to foster stewardship and a sustainable paradigm shift.
Kervelle studied Environmental Sciences, Geosciences and Geographic Information Systems at the University of Connecticut. She has experience in sustainable food systems, renewable energy, waste management, disaster management and climate action. She is a certified Community Emergency Response Team Volunteer and Shelter Manager with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and the UNESCO Caribbean Young Professionals’ Platform for Disaster Management Integration. She is completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Hazards and Risks Management. Her goal is to empower vulnerable communities by enhancing relationships between people and the environment to foster stewardship and a sustainable paradigm shift.

Aliénor (Allie) has been a human rights advocate since a very young age, focusing on climate justice since high school. She co-founded the group Fridays for Future Toronto and, with her co-organizers, she led the large youth climate strikes in late 2019. She is a public speaker and workshop leader, using these opportunities to raise awareness on the urgency of the climate crisis, discuss the solutions that are available to us as a society and empower others to join the fight. She is graduating in June 2021 with an Economics and Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto.

Aliénor (Allie) has been a human rights advocate since a very young age, focusing on climate justice since high school. She co-founded the group Fridays for Future Toronto and, with her co-organizers, she led the large youth climate strikes in late 2019. She is a public speaker and workshop leader, using these opportunities to raise awareness on the urgency of the climate crisis, discuss the solutions that are available to us as a society and empower others to join the fight. She is graduating in June 2021 with an Economics and Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto.

Dedicated to learn more, add value to environmental issues, and to contribute awareness to the Polar ice crisis, Lara Philine is a passionate environmentalist from Germany. Being motivated and in a proactive mind-set, her career at Conde Nast and freelance styling assistant allowed her an insight into the fashion industry by meeting various personalities, as well as experiencing diverse business environments. By studying “MSc Management with Business Strategy and the Environment” at Birkbeck University in London, she is now fully immersing into the subject of environmental impact and sustainable solutions for business practices. She’s currently focusing on her Masters dissertation on the moral obligation and authenticity of the ethical and sustainable efforts of German fashion brands. Her mission is to show that realizing sustainability as well as transparency in business practices can be more than just a dream for a better future; with the help of the Arctic Angels she wants to convert the mission to reality.

Dedicated to learn more, add value to environmental issues, and to contribute awareness to the Polar ice crisis, Lara Philine is a passionate environmentalist from Germany. Being motivated and in a proactive mind-set, her career at Conde Nast and freelance styling assistant allowed her an insight into the fashion industry by meeting various personalities, as well as experiencing diverse business environments. By studying “MSc Management with Business Strategy and the Environment” at Birkbeck University in London, she is now fully immersing into the subject of environmental impact and sustainable solutions for business practices. She’s currently focusing on her Masters dissertation on the moral obligation and authenticity of the ethical and sustainable efforts of German fashion brands. Her mission is to show that realizing sustainability as well as transparency in business practices can be more than just a dream for a better future; with the help of the Arctic Angels she wants to convert the mission to reality.

Growing up in the city of Singapore, interaction with nature was limited. However, Kim has always treasured the beauty and magnificence of Mother Earth. Her truest understanding came during her hike up Mt Kinabalu, where she felt that nature is not something to be trifled with and that we should respect it through preservation. Thus began her journey into looking at ways to regenerate the natural economy in the ways she can. She is a dedicated learner with a passion for impacting change, and hopes to do so with her work as an Arctic Angel.

Growing up in the city of Singapore, interaction with nature was limited. However, Kim has always treasured the beauty and magnificence of Mother Earth. Her truest understanding came during her hike up Mt Kinabalu, where she felt that nature is not something to be trifled with and that we should respect it through preservation. Thus began her journey into looking at ways to regenerate the natural economy in the ways she can. She is a dedicated learner with a passion for impacting change, and hopes to do so with her work as an Arctic Angel.

Kim is a communication professional passionate about climate and polar regions. She has worked as an outreach officer with the United Nations and on scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, producing videos, photographs, magazine and blog articles, website design, and social media campaigns. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in Communication; her career has been focused on combining the two for the benefit of climate change communication. Kim is excited and proud to be part of the Arctic Angels community.

Kim is a communication professional passionate about climate and polar regions. She has worked as an outreach officer with the United Nations and on scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, producing videos, photographs, magazine and blog articles, website design, and social media campaigns. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in Communication; her career has been focused on combining the two for the benefit of climate change communication. Kim is excited and proud to be part of the Arctic Angels community.

Tess is 19 years old and currently a sophomore at CU Boulder. She recently joined the Arctic Angels network. Tess is double majoring in psychology and political science with a minor in women and gender studies. She is an activist for human rights and equality for everyone. She is also very concerned about environmental issues and climate change and takes small steps in her daily life to reduce her carbon footprint. Tess loves learning new things every day and constantly wants to expand her knowledge on topics she is passionate about. Her goal after college is to be a political figure so that she can continue being an activist and help make the world a better place.
Tess is 19 years old and currently a sophomore at CU Boulder. She recently joined the Arctic Angels network. Tess is double majoring in psychology and political science with a minor in women and gender studies. She is an activist for human rights and equality for everyone. She is also very concerned about environmental issues and climate change and takes small steps in her daily life to reduce her carbon footprint. Tess loves learning new things every day and constantly wants to expand her knowledge on topics she is passionate about. Her goal after college is to be a political figure so that she can continue being an activist and help make the world a better place.

Alessandra is passionate about the protection of the environment, biodiversity conservation and food security. Her activism and commitment led her to be appointed European Climate Pact Ambassador, by the European Commission. She is working in an international environment in the areas of trading, procurement and technical assistance for humanitarian aid development projects and programs, operating in the field of international cooperation and consultancy engineering services, carrying out projects funded by bilateral and multilateral institutions, including the United Nations Agencies, the European Commission and the main international banks. Her recent studies focused on the impacts of climate change in the Polar Regions and during the period as visiting researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, she worked in the research field for the protection of the most vulnerable coastal communities against the impacts of climate change. Alessandra is committed to leaving the Earth a better place for us and for the future generations.

Alessandra is passionate about the protection of the environment, biodiversity conservation and food security. Her activism and commitment led her to be appointed European Climate Pact Ambassador, by the European Commission. She is working in an international environment in the areas of trading, procurement and technical assistance for humanitarian aid development projects and programs, operating in the field of international cooperation and consultancy engineering services, carrying out projects funded by bilateral and multilateral institutions, including the United Nations Agencies, the European Commission and the main international banks. Her recent studies focused on the impacts of climate change in the Polar Regions and during the period as visiting researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, she worked in the research field for the protection of the most vulnerable coastal communities against the impacts of climate change. Alessandra is committed to leaving the Earth a better place for us and for the future generations.

I am Oshadhi, I was born in Sri Lanka, a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with an ancient culture that believed nature is the utmost element that keeps the life of all living beings. When I was small one day I went to a turtle conservation center and I got a chance to release baby sea turtles into the sea, it inspired me to love and protect the environment. Now, I’m in high school studying Bioscience and also I am a youth Ocean Advocate. I have participated in the Youth Advocacy Collective program conducted by the Marine Mammal Center at Sausalito and am a member of the Pearl Protectors Organization in Sri Lanka. I think we are again on a wink of collapse, day by day the earth is heating up, the ice is melting down and the environment is becoming more polluted. That inspired me to contribute to the protection of the environment. Since it cannot be done by myself I was searching for a group of people who shares the same vision as me. Finally, I found Arctic Angels. I am more than happy to be here, now it is my time to act together with other Arctic Angels.

I am Oshadhi, I was born in Sri Lanka, a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with an ancient culture that believed nature is the utmost element that keeps the life of all living beings. When I was small one day I went to a turtle conservation center and I got a chance to release baby sea turtles into the sea, it inspired me to love and protect the environment. Now, I’m in high school studying Bioscience and also I am a youth Ocean Advocate. I have participated in the Youth Advocacy Collective program conducted by the Marine Mammal Center at Sausalito and am a member of the Pearl Protectors Organization in Sri Lanka. I think we are again on a wink of collapse, day by day the earth is heating up, the ice is melting down and the environment is becoming more polluted. That inspired me to contribute to the protection of the environment. Since it cannot be done by myself I was searching for a group of people who shares the same vision as me. Finally, I found Arctic Angels. I am more than happy to be here, now it is my time to act together with other Arctic Angels.

When I was 11, I first learned what the meaning of Climate Change and Global Warming was. Imagine an 11-year-old being told that the world was dying, so as all children do I panicked and decided that I’m going to help save the place I know as home because we only have one earth and I didn’t want to die young. Now I’m in high school, still driven to save the earth but not for the same reasons as when I was 11, I am doing this out of passion. I want the future generations to experience the same beauty of nature I am experiencing not through a book or movies, but first-hand instead. I want people in the future to not look back and think that my generation just played another part in the mass destruction of our earth, but the people who helped save it this place we call home. That is why I do what I do. A 15-year-old, carrying on the dreams 11-year-old me had but positively and hoping that one day I will make an impact.

When I was 11, I first learned what the meaning of Climate Change and Global Warming was. Imagine an 11-year-old being told that the world was dying, so as all children do I panicked and decided that I’m going to help save the place I know as home because we only have one earth and I didn’t want to die young. Now I’m in high school, still driven to save the earth but not for the same reasons as when I was 11, I am doing this out of passion. I want the future generations to experience the same beauty of nature I am experiencing not through a book or movies, but first-hand instead. I want people in the future to not look back and think that my generation just played another part in the mass destruction of our earth, but the people who helped save it this place we call home. That is why I do what I do. A 15-year-old, carrying on the dreams 11-year-old me had but positively and hoping that one day I will make an impact.

Ingrid is a half Norwegian and half Swedish climate justice activist. Born in Kirkenes, a small Arctic town in Norway, she has always had a deep connection to nature and an understanding of the fragility of Arctic environments. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, foraging and living a slow life. After graduating with a degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Kent, she moved to Bath, where she is currently based, to pursue her career in environmental communication. She’s head of Content at Climate Culture, an intersectional climate action platform amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable. Currently she is working for Global Choices managing the Arctic Angels network and for Kubik a company transforming plastic waste into low carbon, affordable housing in Ethiopia. In 2022 she was selected as one of 200 young people from the Arctic and Nordic regions to join the first regional UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Nuuk, Greenland. She is most passionate about nature connectedness, traditional ecological knowledge, and the intersections between art and film with conservation, ecology and nature-based decision making.

Ingrid is a half Norwegian and half Swedish climate justice activist. Born in Kirkenes, a small Arctic town in Norway, she has always had a deep connection to nature and an understanding of the fragility of Arctic environments. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, foraging and living a slow life. After graduating with a degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Kent, she moved to Bath, where she is currently based, to pursue her career in environmental communication. She’s head of Content at Climate Culture, an intersectional climate action platform amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable. Currently she is working for Global Choices managing the Arctic Angels network and for Kubik a company transforming plastic waste into low carbon, affordable housing in Ethiopia. In 2022 she was selected as one of 200 young people from the Arctic and Nordic regions to join the first regional UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Nuuk, Greenland. She is most passionate about nature connectedness, traditional ecological knowledge, and the intersections between art and film with conservation, ecology and nature-based decision making.

Allegra is a 4th year student at the University of Edinburgh studying International Relations (MA). She is an incredibly passionate, driven and determined individual who staunchly believes in an intergenerational approach to tackle the ever-worsening climate crisis. During her final year at Edinburgh she interned at Climate Action, an inclusive global media and events platform, as a Production and Marketing Assistant. During this internship she was a Production Assistant during COP26 in the Innovation Zone at the Sustainable Investment Forum as well as the Agriculture and Hydrogen Summits. COP26 was a phenomenally educational opportunity for Allegra, it exposed the bureaucratic nature of the climate change crisis as well as highlighting the necessary global intergovernmental, intersectional and holistic approaches needed to achieve sustainable development. Following her internship, Allegra has successfully secured a post-grad job with Climate Action. In 2020, Allegra was Head of Marketing at Edinburgh RAG, an Edinburgh University student-run charity. During her time as Head of Marketing, Allegra helped organise a carbon neutral Race Across Scotland where consciousness towards the climate has always been an ingrained pillar in Allegra’s beliefs.
Allegra is a 4th year student at the University of Edinburgh studying International Relations (MA). She is an incredibly passionate, driven and determined individual who staunchly believes in an intergenerational approach to tackle the ever-worsening climate crisis. During her final year at Edinburgh she interned at Climate Action, an inclusive global media and events platform, as a Production and Marketing Assistant. During this internship she was a Production Assistant during COP26 in the Innovation Zone at the Sustainable Investment Forum as well as the Agriculture and Hydrogen Summits. COP26 was a phenomenally educational opportunity for Allegra, it exposed the bureaucratic nature of the climate change crisis as well as highlighting the necessary global intergovernmental, intersectional and holistic approaches needed to achieve sustainable development. Following her internship, Allegra has successfully secured a post-grad job with Climate Action. In 2020, Allegra was Head of Marketing at Edinburgh RAG, an Edinburgh University student-run charity. During her time as Head of Marketing, Allegra helped organise a carbon neutral Race Across Scotland where consciousness towards the climate has always been an ingrained pillar in Allegra’s beliefs.

At the age of 13, Alexandria co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis. Alexandria serves on the advisory board for the national climate policy platform Evergreen Action and is a youth spokesperson and advisor for the American Lung Association. She is the youngest Junior Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a GlobalChoices Arctic Angel, speaking out on the urgency to address the Arctic crisis. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Common Good American Spirit Changemaker award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.

At the age of 13, Alexandria co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis. Alexandria serves on the advisory board for the national climate policy platform Evergreen Action and is a youth spokesperson and advisor for the American Lung Association. She is the youngest Junior Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a GlobalChoices Arctic Angel, speaking out on the urgency to address the Arctic crisis. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Common Good American Spirit Changemaker award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.

Margherita holds an International Relations MA degree from the University of Turin, a teaching assistantship at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and an executive programme in corporate sustainability at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. She coordinates the circular economy initiative of the World Economic Forum Scale360° in Turin. She has five years working experience in marketing and sustainability in the food & beverage industry. She is also part of Italian Climate Network, where she writes bulletins and articles to comment and report the key UNFCCC and COPs climate policy takeaways for non-technical audience.

Margherita holds an International Relations MA degree from the University of Turin, a teaching assistantship at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and an executive programme in corporate sustainability at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. She coordinates the circular economy initiative of the World Economic Forum Scale360° in Turin. She has five years working experience in marketing and sustainability in the food & beverage industry. She is also part of Italian Climate Network, where she writes bulletins and articles to comment and report the key UNFCCC and COPs climate policy takeaways for non-technical audience.

Felicity works with Global Choices as one half of the Arctic Angel Coordinator and Social Media Management role. She grew up in Cornwall in the UK, and has a strong affinity for the ocean and the protection of non-human beings. Since completing her MPhil degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Cambridge, Felicity has focused her skills and time on her passion for communicating the climate crisis, particularly with youth networks. Her love of film, literature and journalism is centred around her core belief that engagement with the public is what can most effectively lead to change.

Felicity works with Global Choices as the Arctic Angel Coordinator. She grew up in Cornwall in the UK, and has a strong affinity for the ocean and the protection of non-human beings. Since completing her MPhil degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Cambridge, Felicity has focused her skills and time on her passion for communicating the climate crisis, particularly with youth networks. Her love of film, literature and journalism is centred around her core belief that engagement with the public is what can most effectively lead to change.

Meera is the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate, the youngest appointed in the history of the country. She is also the first U.S. Youth Poet Laureate to have been appointed from New York and the first Asian American Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, a program pioneered by Urban Word NYC. As a member of Fridays for the Future NYC, she is a fierce advocate for climate action and gender equality, having worked throughout the city on various projects to empower young women and advocate for intersectional solution-building through the arts. A Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force Member, former UNA-USA ambassador for SDG #15, Inaugural RISE Scholar, & World Food Forum Champion, she has performed at COP26, the Apollo theatre, the United State of Young Women, and more. Meera was recently accepted to the University of Chicago and hopes to continue to utilize the intersection between social justice and poetry to uplift the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

Meera is the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate, the youngest appointed in the history of the country. She is also the first U.S. Youth Poet Laureate to have been appointed from New York and the first Asian American Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, a program pioneered by Urban Word NYC. As a member of Fridays for the Future NYC, she is a fierce advocate for climate action and gender equality, having worked throughout the city on various projects to empower young women and advocate for intersectional solution-building through the arts. A Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force Member, former UNA-USA ambassador for SDG #15, Inaugural RISE Scholar, & World Food Forum Champion, she has performed at COP26, the Apollo theatre, the United State of Young Women, and more. Meera was recently accepted to the University of Chicago and hopes to continue to utilize the intersection between social justice and poetry to uplift the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

Sharon’s passion is for nature and the environment, and therefore she takes action to combat the effects of climate change. She’s motivated by solving challenges and perform best when she’s making a difference. She thrives well in leading teams. This started back in high school when she was elected as the President of the Environment Council. Through college she found herself drawn into Environmental positions. Environmental projects have been a great fit for her; it’s an intersection of her ability to connect with nature and bring out the best in Environmental conservation. She is a graduate with a Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, and she’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental science from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Sharon developed her interest as a climate activist after experiencing the impacts of climate change in her country, such as drought, which tend to leave people poorer and less resilient as their livelihoods are climate sensitive. From there she decided to raise her voice to amplify climate justice.
Sharon’s passion is for nature and the environment, and therefore she takes action to combat the effects of climate change. She’s motivated by solving challenges and perform best when she’s making a difference. She thrives well in leading teams. This started back in high school when she was elected as the President of the Environment Council. Through college she found herself drawn into Environmental positions. Environmental projects have been a great fit for her; it’s an intersection of her ability to connect with nature and bring out the best in Environmental conservation. She is a graduate with a Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, and she’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental science from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Sharon developed her interest as a climate activist after experiencing the impacts of climate change in her country, such as drought, which tend to leave people poorer and less resilient as their livelihoods are climate sensitive. From there she decided to raise her voice to amplify climate justice.

Sharona Shnayder is a 21 year old Nigerian-Israeli environmental activist mobilizing for climate justice in the Middle-East. She is also the Founder of the global grassroots movement Tuesdays for Trash inspiring individuals around the world to dedicate Tuesdays–or every day– for trash picking, conversing about the waste management issue, demanding better practices from big businesses and becoming responsible citizens working towards a healthier home for all. Additionally, she serves as the Chairwoman of the social justice non-profit OurstreetsPDX and Marketing Manager of the climate-tech startup Albo Climate. Her main passion is to reduce global waste and create a more sustainable, clean and equitable home for everyone on this planet.

Sharona Shnayder is a 21 year old Nigerian-Israeli environmental activist mobilizing for climate justice in the Middle-East. She is also the Founder of the global grassroots movement Tuesdays for Trash inspiring individuals around the world to dedicate Tuesdays–or every day– for trash picking, conversing about the waste management issue, demanding better practices from big businesses and becoming responsible citizens working towards a healthier home for all. Additionally, she serves as the Chairwoman of the social justice non-profit OurstreetsPDX and Marketing Manager of the climate-tech startup Albo Climate. Her main passion is to reduce global waste and create a more sustainable, clean and equitable home for everyone on this planet.

Julia is an environmental researcher, studying how climate change and other humans disturbances are impacting species and ecological systems. She has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh. Her marine research has asked questions about how microplastics are affecting sponges, a key organism in every marine environment. Her current research is on how climate and land use change has impacted birds in India, where she has gone on expeditions to monitor bird populations, and trying to solve the mystery of avian morphology changes in North America. With interests that span the land and the sea, Julia is planning to undertake a PhD to research the rewilding of threatened coastal environments. She hopes to help bridge the gap between science, policy, and advocacy and has recently promoted a focus on nature-based solutions at the UN COP26 in Glasgow, where she spoke directly to the President of the UN General Assembly about her vision.

Julia is an environmental researcher, studying how climate change and other humans disturbances are impacting species and ecological systems. She has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh. Her marine research has asked questions about how microplastics are affecting sponges, a key organism in every marine environment. Her current research is on how climate and land use change has impacted birds in India, where she has gone on expeditions to monitor bird populations, and trying to solve the mystery of avian morphology changes in North America. With interests that span the land and the sea, Julia is planning to undertake a PhD to research the rewilding of threatened coastal environments. She hopes to help bridge the gap between science, policy, and advocacy and has recently promoted a focus on nature-based solutions at the UN COP26 in Glasgow, where she spoke directly to the President of the UN General Assembly about her vision.

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American environmentalist studying climate science and public policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. She represents the U.S as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Sophia’s work has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, Business Insider, BBC, NPR, ELLE, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, NBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post. She was previously a fellow with PBS NewsHour and has written for news outlets such as MTV News, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and Teen Vogue. She is a prolific public speaker and has spoken at universities across the country including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University, and Harvard University. She gave her debut TED Talk as the closing speaker at the inaugural TED Countdown Conference. She has been named VICE Media’s youngest Human of the Year, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and one of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21.

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American environmentalist studying climate science and public policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. She represents the U.S as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Sophia’s work has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, Business Insider, BBC, NPR, ELLE, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, NBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post. She was previously a fellow with PBS NewsHour and has written for news outlets such as MTV News, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and Teen Vogue. She is a prolific public speaker and has spoken at universities across the country including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University, and Harvard University. She gave her debut TED Talk as the closing speaker at the inaugural TED Countdown Conference. She has been named VICE Media’s youngest Human of the Year, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and one of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21.

Te Aomihia Walker is an Indigenous Māori youth activist, marine biologist, fisheries and environmental consultant, Sue Taei Ocean Fellow, Waka Hourua Kaumoana (Polynesian Ocean Voyager) and Arctic Angel. Hailing from the small rural settlements of Aotearoa New Zealand, Rangitukia and Reporua, Te Aomihia is staunch in her Ngati Poroutanga (indigenous tribal identity of the East Coast) and passionate about advancing the independence and self-determination of her people as well as Indigenous Peoples across the Pacific and world, through cultural revitalisation efforts and maintaining indigenous guardianship obligations to the taiao (environment). Te Aomihia has a background in oceans and fisheries policy, research and science as well as statistics and has broadened her experience in environmental policy and research. Te Aomihia launched her own environmental consultancy business in April 2023, Huriwhenua Limited, where she weaves her understanding of national and international environmental legislation, regulation and policy with Te Ao Māori (Māor world view), Tikanga Māori (Māori protocols and practice) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi using kaupapa Māori and other Indigenous frameworks to provide robust advice and professional and research services. She has worked on numerous projects from mountains to sea, including development of hapū (Māori sub-tribal) coastal research and management plans, forest restoration of the Raukūmara, research on the future of marine governance in Aotearoa New Zealand, and assisting iwi and hapū (Māori tribes and sub-tribes) in their response to government reforms on water rights and allocations as well as freshwater policy and management.

Te Aomihia Walker is an Indigenous Māori youth activist, marine biologist, fisheries and environmental consultant, Sue Taei Ocean Fellow, Waka Hourua Kaumoana (Polynesian Ocean Voyager) and Arctic Angel. Hailing from the small rural settlements of Aotearoa New Zealand, Rangitukia and Reporua, Te Aomihia is staunch in her Ngati Poroutanga (indigenous tribal identity of the East Coast) and passionate about advancing the independence and self-determination of her people as well as Indigenous Peoples across the Pacific and world, through cultural revitalisation efforts and maintaining indigenous guardianship obligations to the taiao (environment). Te Aomihia has a background in oceans and fisheries policy, research and science as well as statistics and has broadened her experience in environmental policy and research. Te Aomihia launched her own environmental consultancy business in April 2023, Huriwhenua Limited, where she weaves her understanding of national and international environmental legislation, regulation and policy with Te Ao Māori (Māor world view), Tikanga Māori (Māori protocols and practice) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi using kaupapa Māori and other Indigenous frameworks to provide robust advice and professional and research services. She has worked on numerous projects from mountains to sea, including development of hapū (Māori sub-tribal) coastal research and management plans, forest restoration of the Raukūmara, research on the future of marine governance in Aotearoa New Zealand, and assisting iwi and hapū (Māori tribes and sub-tribes) in their response to government reforms on water rights and allocations as well as freshwater policy and management.

Dominique is a Youth Climate Justice Activist, public speaker, writer, model and undergraduate student in the U.K who mobilises people for climate action and uses creative means and the arts to unite people. She is an organiser in, Fridays for Future, a global youth movement for climate justice, and has been involved in international campaigns, global climate strike coordination, and bringing 350,000 people in the U.K to protest for climate action in September 2019. She is a lead coordinator in Climate Live, global youth-led concerts harnessing the power of music to engage, educate and empower. She is also a young leader in UN Women’s Feminist Action Coalition for Climate Justice with Fridays for Future MAPA, and contributor in the co-development of the Global Youth Recommendations: Youth, Gender, and Climate Change. She has spoken at events such as COP26, New York Times Hub hosted by Emma Watson alongside Malala, UN Women CWS66 Youth Forum, and Overheated with Billie Eilish. Palmer has been noted in Forbes 2020 Leading UK Environmentalists list. Featured in DAZED, the Guardian weekend, Refinery29 and Stylist, and in British VOGUE for her work.
Dominique is a Youth Climate Justice Activist, public speaker, writer, model and undergraduate student in the U.K who mobilises people for climate action and uses creative means and the arts to unite people. She is an organiser in, Fridays for Future, a global youth movement for climate justice, and has been involved in international campaigns, global climate strike coordination, and bringing 350,000 people in the U.K to protest for climate action in September 2019. She is a lead coordinator in Climate Live, global youth-led concerts harnessing the power of music to engage, educate and empower. She is also a young leader in UN Women’s Feminist Action Coalition for Climate Justice with Fridays for Future MAPA, and contributor in the co-development of the Global Youth Recommendations: Youth, Gender, and Climate Change. She has spoken at events such as COP26, New York Times Hub hosted by Emma Watson alongside Malala, UN Women CWS66 Youth Forum, and Overheated with Billie Eilish. Palmer has been noted in Forbes 2020 Leading UK Environmentalists list. Featured in DAZED, the Guardian weekend, Refinery29 and Stylist, and in British VOGUE for her work.

Saoirse Exton (she/her) is a 17 year old climate activist from Limerick City in Ireland. She has been a climate activist since 2019, when she founded Fridays for Future Limerick and became a founding member of Fridays for Future Ireland. Since then, she has become involved in a multitude of groups such as the C40 Global Youth and Mayors’ Forum and has attended COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Saoirse is the only Irish winner of the inaugural Rise scholarship, awarded by the Schmidt Foundation and the Rhodes Trust to 100 young people across the planet. Photo by Pamela EA

Saoirse Exton (she/her) is a 17 year old climate activist from Limerick City in Ireland. She has been a climate activist since 2019, when she founded Fridays for Future Limerick and became a founding member of Fridays for Future Ireland. Since then, she has become involved in a multitude of groups such as the C40 Global Youth and Mayors’ Forum and has attended COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Saoirse is the only Irish winner of the inaugural Rise scholarship, awarded by the Schmidt Foundation and the Rhodes Trust to 100 young people across the planet. Photo by Pamela EA

Prachi Shevgaonkar is a climate entrepreneur and the founder of Cool The Globe – an app for climate action with users in 100+ countries. She is the first Indian citizen to be appointed to the advisory board of Climate Leadership Coalition, the largest climate business network in the EU. 
 She has been made Green Crusader of the year by the International Advertising Association and the youngest recipient of the prestigious Taru Lalvani Award for Environment Protection by Rotary. Prachi spent months covering stories of youth, farmers, and waste-picker communities to understand the impact of climate change in day to day lives of people. 
She has been invited as an expert speaker at various platforms, including TEDx forms and the prestigious WWF Modal Conference. Recently she came on board as a mentor for the ‘Women4Climate’ programme by the government of Maharashtra and C40 Cities. Through Cool The Globe campaigns, Prachi has mobilised over 2 Million citizens to tackle climate change through technology, advocacy and grassroot action. She firmly believes that when ordinary citizens come together, miracles can happen.

Prachi Shevgaonkar is a climate entrepreneur and the founder of Cool The Globe – an app for climate action with users in 100+ countries. She is the first Indian citizen to be appointed to the advisory board of Climate Leadership Coalition, the largest climate business network in the EU. 
 She has been made Green Crusader of the year by the International Advertising Association and the youngest recipient of the prestigious Taru Lalvani Award for Environment Protection by Rotary. Prachi spent months covering stories of youth, farmers, and waste-picker communities to understand the impact of climate change in day to day lives of people. 
She has been invited as an expert speaker at various platforms, including TEDx forms and the prestigious WWF Modal Conference. Recently she came on board as a mentor for the ‘Women4Climate’ programme by the government of Maharashtra and C40 Cities. Through Cool The Globe campaigns, Prachi has mobilised over 2 Million citizens to tackle climate change through technology, advocacy and grassroot action. She firmly believes that when ordinary citizens come together, miracles can happen.

Hi! I’m Lore, 16 years old, come from Belgium and live in the Netherlands. I’m a high school student at the International School of Hilversum, where I am the sustainability council’s chair (meaning I lead meetings, initiate projects, and catalyse change to make our school more sustainable). My climate activism is maybe most visible by the short book I wrote; “If Nature Had a Voice”, about a girl (who represents me) that can communicate with a tree, for my IB Personal Project. The main idea of the book is that nature is speaking to us, but we just aren’t listening. Furthermore, I am the founder of the Our Future project, where I brought together 10 female climate activists my age from around the world and together presented to the biggest business leaders about mindset, eco-feminism and appreciation for nature (based on research and interviews we conducted). We also all received 1-on-1 mentorships with female leaders and went on personal mastery journeys together. Thanks to this project and more, I was selected to go to Antarctica in March of 2022 with the 2041 foundation, which was the most eye-opening journey that brought me closer to nature and myself.

Hi! I’m Lore, 16 years old, come from Belgium and live in the Netherlands. I’m a high school student at the International School of Hilversum, where I am the sustainability council’s chair (meaning I lead meetings, initiate projects, and catalyse change to make our school more sustainable). My climate activism is maybe most visible by the short book I wrote; “If Nature Had a Voice”, about a girl (who represents me) that can communicate with a tree, for my IB Personal Project. The main idea of the book is that nature is speaking to us, but we just aren’t listening. Furthermore, I am the founder of the Our Future project, where I brought together 10 female climate activists my age from around the world and together presented to the biggest business leaders about mindset, eco-feminism and appreciation for nature (based on research and interviews we conducted). We also all received 1-on-1 mentorships with female leaders and went on personal mastery journeys together. Thanks to this project and more, I was selected to go to Antarctica in March of 2022 with the 2041 foundation, which was the most eye-opening journey that brought me closer to nature and myself.

Taylor is a climate activist and wildlife conservationist, recently completing her master’s degree in environmental science and policy. She is the founder and host of the Hopeful Environmentalist, which is both a podcast and online media platform sharing accessible and hopeful environmental news and resources. Additionally, she was selected as a member of the United States Youth Advisory Council for the United Nations Ocean Decade and a New York Fellow at Our Climate for 2022/2023. Taylor presented at COP15 in Montreal, Canada on the topic of including people with chronic conditions and disabilities in the wildlife and environmental field. She completed an internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality this past summer, and she now works as an Environmental Policy Analyst.

Taylor is a climate activist and wildlife conservationist, recently completing her master’s degree in environmental science and policy. She is the founder and host of the Hopeful Environmentalist, which is both a podcast and online media platform sharing accessible and hopeful environmental news and resources. Additionally, she was selected as a member of the United States Youth Advisory Council for the United Nations Ocean Decade and a New York Fellow at Our Climate for 2022/2023. Taylor presented at COP15 in Montreal, Canada on the topic of including people with chronic conditions and disabilities in the wildlife and environmental field. She completed an internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality this past summer, and she now works as an Environmental Policy Analyst.

Oladosu Adenike Titilope is an ecofeminist, climate justice leader, a writer and an eco-reporter. She specialises in peace, security and equality in Africa, especially the Lake Chad region. She is also the founder of ‘I Lead Climate Action’ initiative that advocates for the restoration of Lake Chad and a green democracy. Adenike has showcased her climate action in both international, national and local fora. She was a Nigerian youth delegate at COP25 and COP26 on climate finance. Her passion for climate education through the involvement of young people has empowered more than 10,000 people in the fight for climate justice. Through her projects on empowering women and girls, more than 5000 women have benefited from the access to organic fertilizer to build women’s resilience against climate change. Adenike is a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience by Amnesty International – Nigeria, for her fight for climate justice and human rights. She has been involved in the development of the first Amnesty International Nigeria Youth Engagement Strategy. In 2019, she was invited for the first United Nations Youth Summit in New York. She is a 2021 Yerba Buena Center of the Arts (YBCA) creative cohort.
Oladosu Adenike Titilope is an ecofeminist, climate justice leader, a writer and an eco-reporter. She specialises in peace, security and equality in Africa, especially the Lake Chad region. She is also the founder of ‘I Lead Climate Action’ initiative that advocates for the restoration of Lake Chad and a green democracy. Adenike has showcased her climate action in both international, national and local fora. She was a Nigerian youth delegate at COP25 and COP26 on climate finance. Her passion for climate education through the involvement of young people has empowered more than 10,000 people in the fight for climate justice. Through her projects on empowering women and girls, more than 5000 women have benefited from the access to organic fertilizer to build women’s resilience against climate change. Adenike is a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience by Amnesty International – Nigeria, for her fight for climate justice and human rights. She has been involved in the development of the first Amnesty International Nigeria Youth Engagement Strategy. In 2019, she was invited for the first United Nations Youth Summit in New York. She is a 2021 Yerba Buena Center of the Arts (YBCA) creative cohort.

Hailing from the lap of the Himalayas in Nepal, Shreya has firsthand witnessed the devastating impact of climate change on the mountains, people, and its ecosystem. As a climate justice activist, she is doing everything she can, from raising awareness to engaging in top decision-making processes such as COP. She possesses a rich understanding of climate negotiations and her efforts are reflected in her work with a diverse group of young people across the world to champion the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making spaces. She participated at the Arctic Circle Assembly in 2023 with the Global Choices team where she passionately spoke about the global significance of the third pole and Arctic emphasizing the need for increased dedicated action to protect both. She has spoken at conferences such as COP25, COP26, and UNEP YEA, mainly on meaningful youth participation and climate education. She was recognized as EE 30 under 30 for making a remarkable difference through environmental education and received the “Youth of the Year” award in 2022. Her story has been featured in two books “Stone Soup for a Sustainable World” and “50 Girls Saving Our Planet”.

Hailing from the lap of the Himalayas in Nepal, Shreya has firsthand witnessed the devastating impact of climate change on the mountains, people, and its ecosystem. As a climate justice activist, she is doing everything she can, from raising awareness to engaging in top decision-making processes such as COP. She possesses a rich understanding of climate negotiations and her efforts are reflected in her work with a diverse group of young people across the world to champion the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making spaces. She participated at the Arctic Circle Assembly in 2023 with the Global Choices team where she passionately spoke about the global significance of the third pole and Arctic emphasizing the need for increased dedicated action to protect both. She has spoken at conferences such as COP25, COP26, and UNEP YEA, mainly on meaningful youth participation and climate education. She was recognized as EE 30 under 30 for making a remarkable difference through environmental education and received the “Youth of the Year” award in 2022. Her story has been featured in two books “Stone Soup for a Sustainable World” and “50 Girls Saving Our Planet”.

Dana Ahmed is a passionate incoming Law and Politics student involved in youth participation, sustainability, and ecosystem preservation matters. Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Dana has attained the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi, and studied Environmental Systems and Societies, and Global Politics higher level. To help her community, she has conducted research on the impact of the youth on achieving the SDG’s and the extent to which gender correlates with waste production in the MENA region and has presented her findings to the National Renewable Energy Agency in Egypt. She’s a member of IRENA’s Youth Forum and was a youth delegate and council member in the ninth and tenth IRENA assembly session in 2020, which stressed the global energy transition, green hydrogen, and youth participation in decision and policy making. She’s currently Egypt’s contact point in the SDG7 constituency group, an active member of the YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice working group, and an outreach officer at the MENA Youth Network. Additionally, she is the youngest and only Arab member of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Youth Policy Advisory Council of 2022 serving as the Secretary and Representative of Egypt whilst working closely with Egypt’s NREA writing a research paper about Egypt’s road to achieving zero net targets by 2030. As a climate and ocean advocate, Dana is passionate about the members most affected by the lack of urgency in the climate crisis, especially neurodivergent youth, and has thus founded EcoSpectrum, the first app in the world that that aims to elevate the inclusivity of students and youth within the spectrum of autism in climate action and ocean conservation discussions.

Dana Ahmed is a passionate incoming Law and Politics student involved in youth participation, sustainability, and ecosystem preservation matters. Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Dana has attained the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi, and studied Environmental Systems and Societies, and Global Politics higher level. To help her community, she has conducted research on the impact of the youth on achieving the SDG’s and the extent to which gender correlates with waste production in the MENA region and has presented her findings to the National Renewable Energy Agency in Egypt. She’s a member of IRENA’s Youth Forum and was a youth delegate and council member in the ninth and tenth IRENA assembly session in 2020, which stressed the global energy transition, green hydrogen, and youth participation in decision and policy making. She’s currently Egypt’s contact point in the SDG7 constituency group, an active member of the YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice working group, and an outreach officer at the MENA Youth Network. Additionally, she is the youngest and only Arab member of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Youth Policy Advisory Council of 2022 serving as the Secretary and Representative of Egypt whilst working closely with Egypt’s NREA writing a research paper about Egypt’s road to achieving zero net targets by 2030. As a climate and ocean advocate, Dana is passionate about the members most affected by the lack of urgency in the climate crisis, especially neurodivergent youth, and has thus founded EcoSpectrum, the first app in the world that that aims to elevate the inclusivity of students and youth within the spectrum of autism in climate action and ocean conservation discussions.

My name is Becky Alek. Since childhood I have been keen about creating positive impact in people’s lives. The urge to create change has since motivated me to take up various leadership posts ranging from serving as the Deputy chair to the Students Council in Kiambu County. There I severed as the Personal assistant to the Chair to the students Council of kenya, Exam coordinator, Chair of the Rootics club and career club to COO A Better Life which is aimed towards climate action and awareness. Having a big passion for debate has made me participate in various panel discussions and debate tournaments where pertinent issues that affect humanity are always a concern. It has also made me realise how important it is to ensure that people have access to information that would guide how they make choices. I’ve served as an assistant teacher in undeserved schools because no child deserves to have sub standard education and we all should strive to give quality. I also love basketball, books and wholesome discussions . I hope to one day travel the world while impacting change!

My name is Becky Alek. Since childhood I have been keen about creating positive impact in people’s lives. The urge to create change has since motivated me to take up various leadership posts ranging from serving as the Deputy chair to the Students Council in Kiambu County. There I severed as the Personal assistant to the Chair to the students Council of kenya, Exam coordinator, Chair of the Rootics club and career club to COO A Better Life which is aimed towards climate action and awareness. Having a big passion for debate has made me participate in various panel discussions and debate tournaments where pertinent issues that affect humanity are always a concern. It has also made me realise how important it is to ensure that people have access to information that would guide how they make choices. I’ve served as an assistant teacher in undeserved schools because no child deserves to have sub standard education and we all should strive to give quality. I also love basketball, books and wholesome discussions . I hope to one day travel the world while impacting change!

Jessica Dunne is a climate justice activist, poet and songwriter. She became involved in the climate movement in 2018 organising school climate strikes. During the pandemic without crowds being able to convene, she worked where she could delivering a TEDx talk on the importance of intersectionality in 2020 and developing the UNCRC report on the rights of the child in relation to the climate crisis in Ireland with UNICEF and Climate Rights Ireland. Jessica also served as the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Regional Officer for the Irish Second Level Students Union from 2019-2021. She travelled to COP26 in 2021 and COP27 in 2022 where she stressed the importance of global solidarity, and also discussed the Irish role at COP27 in the Oireachteas in the lead-up to COP27. On St Brigid’s day she was honoured by the Department of Foreign Affairs in their line-up of strong Irish women. She is currently active in Young Friends of the Earth campaigning for social and climate justice.

Jessica Dunne is a climate justice activist, poet and songwriter. She became involved in the climate movement in 2018 organising school climate strikes. During the pandemic without crowds being able to convene, she worked where she could delivering a TEDx talk on the importance of intersectionality in 2020 and developing the UNCRC report on the rights of the child in relation to the climate crisis in Ireland with UNICEF and Climate Rights Ireland. Jessica also served as the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Regional Officer for the Irish Second Level Students Union from 2019-2021. She travelled to COP26 in 2021 and COP27 in 2022 where she stressed the importance of global solidarity, and also discussed the Irish role at COP27 in the Oireachteas in the lead-up to COP27. On St Brigid’s day she was honoured by the Department of Foreign Affairs in their line-up of strong Irish women. She is currently active in Young Friends of the Earth campaigning for social and climate justice.

Shelot Masithi is the Executive Director of She4Earth, a youth-led organisation which educates children about climate change, biodiversity conservation, and Indigenous practices. She works with scientists, psychologists, and Indigenous leaders to improve community resilience. She is a student voice for climate, environment, and psychology at the Psychological Society of South Africa. Shelot is also a representative of Botanical Society of South Africa’s Limpopo branch, as well as being an Algalita’s Stay Stoked 2021 awardee, a Thred Media Ambassador, a Force of Nature Dais Member alongside The Black Hive Diaspora Fellow.
Shelot Masithi is the Executive Director of She4Earth, a youth-led organisation which educates children about climate change, biodiversity conservation, and Indigenous practices. She works with scientists, psychologists, and Indigenous leaders to improve community resilience. She is a student voice for climate, environment, and psychology at the Psychological Society of South Africa. Shelot is also a representative of Botanical Society of South Africa’s Limpopo branch, as well as being an Algalita’s Stay Stoked 2021 awardee, a Thred Media Ambassador, a Force of Nature Dais Member alongside The Black Hive Diaspora Fellow.

Krista was born in Rovaniemi, a city at the Arctic Circle in Finland. She is a student of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, majoring in tourism research. Her studies have built her a better understanding of her Arctic home and years in student politics have made her a passionate activist for comprehensive sustainability. She is not yet 100 % sure of what she will be when she grows up but she has learned not to worry too much, as she has seen getting lost is what usually helps her find her way. Her history of positions of responsibility include acting as a board member and the chair of the board in student societies, such as her subject association, ESN Lapland, the Student Union of the University of Lapland and the Arctic Five Student Team. Krista is extremely enthusiastic about human rights. In the Arctic context, to her, it means especially indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as gender equality and rights of gender and sexual minorities – the majority population in rural areas can often be very conservative, which is one of the reasons for her activism. Her studies have taught her the impact of the profit-chasing, fossil fuel dependent lifestyle on the Arctic nature and climate, on our vital condition. She wants to preserve the Arctic for the Arctic itself and for our lives.

Krista was born in Rovaniemi, a city at the Arctic Circle in Finland. She is a student of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, majoring in tourism research. Her studies have built her a better understanding of her Arctic home and years in student politics have made her a passionate activist for comprehensive sustainability. She is not yet 100 % sure of what she will be when she grows up but she has learned not to worry too much, as she has seen getting lost is what usually helps her find her way. Her history of positions of responsibility include acting as a board member and the chair of the board in student societies, such as her subject association, ESN Lapland, the Student Union of the University of Lapland and the Arctic Five Student Team. Krista is extremely enthusiastic about human rights. In the Arctic context, to her, it means especially indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as gender equality and rights of gender and sexual minorities – the majority population in rural areas can often be very conservative, which is one of the reasons for her activism. Her studies have taught her the impact of the profit-chasing, fossil fuel dependent lifestyle on the Arctic nature and climate, on our vital condition. She wants to preserve the Arctic for the Arctic itself and for our lives.

Kenzy is a climate activist and student based in Egypt. Kenzy has always been keen to raise awareness around many of the prominent issues that we face, and takes opportunities to start conversations, be it in debates or seminars! Having lived in a coastal city in her life so far, she has seen the devastating effects that climate change is having upon her local surroundings. She has witnessed how our actions harm wildlife, coral reefs, and beaches, and wants to share her lived experience with others. Kenzy has been a climate activist since 2019, when she first joined “FORM”- a community network founded in her home town for the sole purpose of helping to combat climate change – she became an active and organising member in that group. She frequently beach clean-ups, attends seminars and talks, and camps with the group. She also participated in COP27 as a volunteer, as it was accessible from her hometown. She wants to make a change and begin urgent conversations about the ice crisis. Everyone needs to be more conscious of how their actions, no matter how minor, impact the environment. Now is the time to do that!

Kenzy is a climate activist and student based in Egypt. Kenzy has always been keen to raise awareness around many of the prominent issues that we face, and takes opportunities to start conversations, be it in debates or seminars! Having lived in a coastal city in her life so far, she has seen the devastating effects that climate change is having upon her local surroundings. She has witnessed how our actions harm wildlife, coral reefs, and beaches, and wants to share her lived experience with others. Kenzy has been a climate activist since 2019, when she first joined “FORM”- a community network founded in her home town for the sole purpose of helping to combat climate change – she became an active and organising member in that group. She frequently beach clean-ups, attends seminars and talks, and camps with the group. She also participated in COP27 as a volunteer, as it was accessible from her hometown. She wants to make a change and begin urgent conversations about the ice crisis. Everyone needs to be more conscious of how their actions, no matter how minor, impact the environment. Now is the time to do that!

Maria, a compassionate and fun-loving environmental professional from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, possesses diverse experience in environment, biodiversity, climate change, and research and development. She first witnessed the effects of climate change as a child during her travels in the northern regions of Pakistan. When she questioned her father about flooding without rainfall, “Glacier melting” was the response she got. Being from a country highly affected by climate change, Maria believes that it is crucial for young and educated individuals to raise awareness and be mindful about climate change and environmental issues, and for governments and regulatory authorities to take conscious measures towards mitigation. With a strong desire to create mass awareness and make a significant impact, she co-founded the Pakistan chapter of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. In that role, she is managing around 11 teams with around 60 young volunteers spread around the country. She was also a part of the Youth Delegate at COP15 in Montreal Canada, and also has lead multiple awareness campaigns in Pakistan regarding biodiversity and climate change. Alongside, she is a full time R&D manager & environmental consultant providing environmental and R&D consultancy to various national and international industries/clients to promote eco-friendliness and sustainability. Maria firmly believes that awareness leads to action, and with repetition, these actions can lead towards sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and strives to become a distinguished figure in her field.

Maria, a compassionate and fun-loving environmental professional from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, possesses diverse experience in environment, biodiversity, climate change, and research and development. She first witnessed the effects of climate change as a child during her travels in the northern regions of Pakistan. When she questioned her father about flooding without rainfall, “Glacier melting” was the response she got. Being from a country highly affected by climate change, Maria believes that it is crucial for young and educated individuals to raise awareness and be mindful about climate change and environmental issues, and for governments and regulatory authorities to take conscious measures towards mitigation. With a strong desire to create mass awareness and make a significant impact, she co-founded the Pakistan chapter of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. In that role, she is managing around 11 teams with around 60 young volunteers spread around the country. She was also a part of the Youth Delegate at COP15 in Montreal Canada, and also has lead multiple awareness campaigns in Pakistan regarding biodiversity and climate change. Alongside, she is a full time R&D manager & environmental consultant providing environmental and R&D consultancy to various national and international industries/clients to promote eco-friendliness and sustainability. Maria firmly believes that awareness leads to action, and with repetition, these actions can lead towards sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and strives to become a distinguished figure in her field.

Ashlyn is a 20-year-old professional based in Front Royal, VA, with a strong passion for environmental conservation. She recently graduated from Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. With her knowledge and skills acquired during her studies, Ashlyn actively supports the NGO Planet ASAP. At Planet ASAP, she contributes to their mission of using innovative airship technology for early detection and rapid response to various environmental threats. By utilizing airships equipped with solar, fuel cell, and communication technologies, Planet ASAP achieves real-time monitoring of vast and remote landscapes, addressing destructive land use, human-wildlife conflicts, fire outbreaks, and other challenges affecting human communities, animals, and plant life. Ashlyn’s dedication to environmental preservation and her involvement with Planet ASAP demonstrate her commitment to making a positive impact on the planet.

Ashlyn is a 20-year-old professional based in Front Royal, VA, with a strong passion for environmental conservation. She recently graduated from Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. With her knowledge and skills acquired during her studies, Ashlyn actively supports the NGO Planet ASAP. At Planet ASAP, she contributes to their mission of using innovative airship technology for early detection and rapid response to various environmental threats. By utilizing airships equipped with solar, fuel cell, and communication technologies, Planet ASAP achieves real-time monitoring of vast and remote landscapes, addressing destructive land use, human-wildlife conflicts, fire outbreaks, and other challenges affecting human communities, animals, and plant life. Ashlyn’s dedication to environmental preservation and her involvement with Planet ASAP demonstrate her commitment to making a positive impact on the planet.

Founder of Veer Group, which has been nominated for the EarthShot Prize, Danielle was named by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects as one of the most influential women of the past century, and was listed by The Ocean Opportunity Lab as an Inspirational Female Founder of Ocean & Energy. Her mission is to prove the value of clean shipping, by getting Veer ships shipping. Originally from the Great Lakes of Canada, Danielle began sailing at age 13. She obtained her 200T masters ticket at the age of 21 which empowered her to be captain of the flagship of Barbados, cargo schooner Ruth. She is co-founder of the Costa Rican non-profit AstilleroVerde, which plants thousands of trees and creates jobs in a vulnerable coastal community. Each year Danielle’s company sponsors a young lady to sail on the tallship St. Lawrence II – a ‘’thank you’’ to the Canadian ship that first inspired her.
Founder of Veer Group, which has been nominated for the EarthShot Prize, Danielle was named by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects as one of the most influential women of the past century, and was listed by The Ocean Opportunity Lab as an Inspirational Female Founder of Ocean & Energy. Her mission is to prove the value of clean shipping, by getting Veer ships shipping. Originally from the Great Lakes of Canada, Danielle began sailing at age 13. She obtained her 200T masters ticket at the age of 21 which empowered her to be captain of the flagship of Barbados, cargo schooner Ruth. She is co-founder of the Costa Rican non-profit AstilleroVerde, which plants thousands of trees and creates jobs in a vulnerable coastal community. Each year Danielle’s company sponsors a young lady to sail on the tallship St. Lawrence II – a ‘’thank you’’ to the Canadian ship that first inspired her.

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 40+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for several organisations including World Ocean Day, The Ocean Project. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena’s work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Foundation, International Universities Climate Alliance, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, and Feminist. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organisations including World Bank Group, GreenPeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including ‘The Climate Awakening’ and ‘Ethereal’ and writes poetry about social impact. Leena’s work has been featured by World Bank Group, Girl Up, United Nations Foundation, International Universities Climate Alliance, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Next Generation Fellows, Medium and GrasshoppHer. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organisations including World Bank Group, GreenPeace USA, 4ocean, Beni and the Climate Initiative. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at events across the world including Conferences of Youth, RCOY, Girl Up Global Leadership Summit, GatherVerse Summit and even at High Commission of Canada. She has authored books including ‘The Climate Awakening’ and ‘Ethereal’ and writes poetry about social impact.

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 40+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for several organisations including World Ocean Day, The Ocean Project. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena’s work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Foundation, International Universities Climate Alliance, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, and Feminist. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organisations including World Bank Group, GreenPeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including ‘The Climate Awakening’ and ‘Ethereal’ and writes poetry about social impact. Leena’s work has been featured by World Bank Group, Girl Up, United Nations Foundation, International Universities Climate Alliance, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Next Generation Fellows, Medium and GrasshoppHer. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organisations including World Bank Group, GreenPeace USA, 4ocean, Beni and the Climate Initiative. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at events across the world including Conferences of Youth, RCOY, Girl Up Global Leadership Summit, GatherVerse Summit and even at High Commission of Canada. She has authored books including ‘The Climate Awakening’ and ‘Ethereal’ and writes poetry about social impact.

Farah Kassab is a 21-year-old Jordanian-Palestinian third-year law student at the University of Cambridge, women’s and human’s rights activist and public speaker who is based in the UK. Alongside her studies, Farah has been an advisor with the With and For Girls Initiative that has been established by and African-rooted but globally oriented organization called Purposeful for the past 2 years, which has enabled her to support girls, adolescent girls and young women and erupt a wave of positive and effective change in their communities through funding. She is also an alumnus in the Young Leader’s Directory with the Women of the World Foundation. She has spoken at many conferences and events, notably her own TedX Talk, a conference organized by Karama, AIESEC and the Cambridge Climate Change Festival. She is particularly interested in climate change, global governance, international humanitarian law, space law and the intersection between women’s rights in law and the media. Farah aspires to become a role model to Middle-Eastern women and girls to ignite their passion towards advocacy, notably to advocate for the prioritization of legislating and implementing impactful regulatory frameworks to combat the harmful ramifications of climate change. She also thoroughly enjoys food blogging, playing and teaching the piano, as well as dancing.

Farah Kassab is a 21-year-old Jordanian-Palestinian third-year law student at the University of Cambridge, women’s and human’s rights activist and public speaker who is based in the UK. Alongside her studies, Farah has been an advisor with the With and For Girls Initiative that has been established by and African-rooted but globally oriented organization called Purposeful for the past 2 years, which has enabled her to support girls, adolescent girls and young women and erupt a wave of positive and effective change in their communities through funding. She is also an alumnus in the Young Leader’s Directory with the Women of the World Foundation. She has spoken at many conferences and events, notably her own TedX Talk, a conference organized by Karama, AIESEC and the Cambridge Climate Change Festival. She is particularly interested in climate change, global governance, international humanitarian law, space law and the intersection between women’s rights in law and the media. Farah aspires to become a role model to Middle-Eastern women and girls to ignite their passion towards advocacy, notably to advocate for the prioritization of legislating and implementing impactful regulatory frameworks to combat the harmful ramifications of climate change. She also thoroughly enjoys food blogging, playing and teaching the piano, as well as dancing.

Katie Thiessen is a passionate final year Marine Biology student at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom from the Halton region in Ontario, Canada. During the COVID-19 pandemic she worked as a healthcare assistant in UK care homes before starting her marine biology degree. Since Katie was young she has been passionate about people and the environment and now she wants to find ways we can respect and support each other and address the climate emergency at the same time. Katie is currently the head of content creation for YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice working group and has attended the UNFCCC Subsidiary bodies as the YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice representative. During the UNFCCC Subsidiary bodies Katie was chosen as a rapporteur for the Ocean dialogue and assisted in compiling information for a document that will be taken to COP28 in the UAE. Katie is also a lead ambassador for Women in Ocean Science (WOS) and holds events to support members and the environment to create a supportive community within her University and worldwide allowing members to become more confident in themselves and what they want to do. She is also a member of Climate Action Plymouth and assisting in planning events to raise awareness and take action in the community to combat climate change. As an advocate for the ocean, Katie is hoping to enter a field of climate change research and public engagement once she graduates. Katie also hopes to bring awareness to the urgency of adequately incorporating the ocean and its processes into the UNFCCC subsidiary processes and hopes people realize how important these processes are in understanding climate change and promoting a healthy planet.

Katie Thiessen is a passionate final year Marine Biology student at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom from the Halton region in Ontario, Canada. During the COVID-19 pandemic she worked as a healthcare assistant in UK care homes before starting her marine biology degree. Since Katie was young she has been passionate about people and the environment and now she wants to find ways we can respect and support each other and address the climate emergency at the same time. Katie is currently the head of content creation for YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice working group and has attended the UNFCCC Subsidiary bodies as the YOUNGO Ocean’s Voice representative. During the UNFCCC Subsidiary bodies Katie was chosen as a rapporteur for the Ocean dialogue and assisted in compiling information for a document that will be taken to COP28 in the UAE. Katie is also a lead ambassador for Women in Ocean Science (WOS) and holds events to support members and the environment to create a supportive community within her University and worldwide allowing members to become more confident in themselves and what they want to do. She is also a member of Climate Action Plymouth and assisting in planning events to raise awareness and take action in the community to combat climate change. As an advocate for the ocean, Katie is hoping to enter a field of climate change research and public engagement once she graduates. Katie also hopes to bring awareness to the urgency of adequately incorporating the ocean and its processes into the UNFCCC subsidiary processes and hopes people realize how important these processes are in understanding climate change and promoting a healthy planet.

Grace (she/her) is a humanitarian aid volunteer and activist. She works on ground zero, most recently in Ukraine, supporting families and delivering aid to rural areas. She also works to raise awareness of the products we use daily and how they affect our oceans. Grace grew up surrounded by water, which has influenced her to become more aware of our environment’s importance to humanity’s survival. She is currently a senior in high school and plans to major in comparative politics and minor in environmental studies. Grace is working to create sustainable solutions for 3D printing filament within her school and hopefully inspire the surrounding schools.

Grace (she/her) is a humanitarian aid volunteer and activist. She works on ground zero, most recently in Ukraine, supporting families and delivering aid to rural areas. She also works to raise awareness of the products we use daily and how they affect our oceans. Grace grew up surrounded by water, which has influenced her to become more aware of our environment’s importance to humanity’s survival. She is currently a senior in high school and plans to major in comparative politics and minor in environmental studies. Grace is working to create sustainable solutions for 3D printing filament within her school and hopefully inspire the surrounding schools.

Pamela is a documentary photographer and explorer from Mexico, who has built a body of visual work and campaigns around climate justice and gender equality. She has worked on international, national, and regional campaigns for 6 years, advocating for climate justice, ocean resiliency, and gender equality through visual storytelling and community organizing. Starting her activism in 2016, Pamela has integrated design thinking and storytelling into her work to synthesize compelling stories from the frontlines and encourage climate optimism in others. She has co-founded several initiatives, including BeSomeone.World, #EscazúAhora México, Latinas for Climate, to raise awareness on pressing matters and advocate for climate justice and gender equality. She also organized with the New York Climate Justice Youth Coalition and was part of the organizing team behind the September 20, 2019, climate march in New York, and behind the campaign for New York City to declare a climate emergency, which happened in June of the same year. Most recently, Pamela co-founded Climate Words to bridge the gap between climate knowledge and action through storytelling, design, and visual communication. Pamela’s work has been recognized with several awards, such as the Getty Images Scholarship and The Young Climate Voice Award by ​​The World Around in collaboration with The Guggenheim and Meta.
Pamela is a documentary photographer and explorer from Mexico, who has built a body of visual work and campaigns around climate justice and gender equality. She has worked on international, national, and regional campaigns for 6 years, advocating for climate justice, ocean resiliency, and gender equality through visual storytelling and community organizing. Starting her activism in 2016, Pamela has integrated design thinking and storytelling into her work to synthesize compelling stories from the frontlines and encourage climate optimism in others. She has co-founded several initiatives, including BeSomeone.World, #EscazúAhora México, Latinas for Climate, to raise awareness on pressing matters and advocate for climate justice and gender equality. She also organized with the New York Climate Justice Youth Coalition and was part of the organizing team behind the September 20, 2019, climate march in New York, and behind the campaign for New York City to declare a climate emergency, which happened in June of the same year. Most recently, Pamela co-founded Climate Words to bridge the gap between climate knowledge and action through storytelling, design, and visual communication. Pamela’s work has been recognized with several awards, such as the Getty Images Scholarship and The Young Climate Voice Award by ​​The World Around in collaboration with The Guggenheim and Meta.

Vedika Mandapati is a policy analyst with Global Choices working to draft the text of a moratorium on exploitative activity in the Central Arctic Ocean. She has represented Global Choices at the Arctic Circle Assembly in 2023 and looks forward to helping achieve our key policy initiatives. She is currently finishing her final year in international relations at the University of Cambridge. She’s a passionate climate justice activist, and for the past two years has focused her energies on removing Big Oil’s influence from climate research. As an organiser with Cambridge Climate Justice and the Campus Climate Network, she has helped make inroads for “Fossil Free Research” at the University. Last year the groups submitted evidence reports to UN High Level Climate Champion for COP26 Nigel Topping’s report on Cambridge’s ties to fossil fuels. The report largely concluded the university needed to disassociate at the earliest opportunity – which she is working on pushing for now with student, staff, and community groups. Originally from India, she has previously researched and campaigned around the issues of air pollution and sustainable agriculture. In 2019, she worked on the book “Breathing Here is Injurious To Your Health” by Jyoti Pande Lavakare and previously interned with WWF India’s communications team.

Vedika Mandapati is a policy analyst with Global Choices working to draft the text of a moratorium on exploitative activity in the Central Arctic Ocean. She has represented Global Choices at the Arctic Circle Assembly in 2023 and looks forward to helping achieve our key policy initiatives. She is currently finishing her final year in international relations at the University of Cambridge. She’s a passionate climate justice activist, and for the past two years has focused her energies on removing Big Oil’s influence from climate research. As an organiser with Cambridge Climate Justice and the Campus Climate Network, she has helped make inroads for “Fossil Free Research” at the University. Last year the groups submitted evidence reports to UN High Level Climate Champion for COP26 Nigel Topping’s report on Cambridge’s ties to fossil fuels. The report largely concluded the university needed to disassociate at the earliest opportunity – which she is working on pushing for now with student, staff, and community groups. Originally from India, she has previously researched and campaigned around the issues of air pollution and sustainable agriculture. In 2019, she worked on the book “Breathing Here is Injurious To Your Health” by Jyoti Pande Lavakare and previously interned with WWF India’s communications team.

Imene Tabet holds a PhD in Islamic Finance and works tirelessly in ESG research, financial inclusion projects and impact assessment. As a woman in finance, Imene is passionate about supporting and motivating women in their educational and financial journeys. She strongly believes that progress happens through people, one lesson, one mind at a time.

Beyond her professional work, Imene finds joy in reflecting upon intricate patterns between nature and humanity, appreciating the profound symbiosis of polar opposites in creating balance in the world.

Imene Tabet holds a PhD in Islamic Finance and works tirelessly in ESG research, financial inclusion projects and impact assessment. As a woman in finance, Imene is passionate about supporting and motivating women in their educational and financial journeys. She strongly believes that progress happens through people, one lesson, one mind at a time.

Beyond her professional work, Imene finds joy in reflecting upon intricate patterns between nature and humanity, appreciating the profound symbiosis of polar opposites in creating balance in the world.

Eesha Rangani is a PhD student at the University of Southern California, where she focuses her research on microbial ecology in the ocean. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Eesha obtained a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she studied deep-sea invertebrates.

Eesha’s interest in climate policy began when she attended COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. Her interests lie broadly in Ocean Policy, Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Plastic Pollution, and Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She believes that there is a significant need for policy to account for the trade-offs of the green energy transition, such as the mining of valuable minerals required to build this system. In addition to this, Eesha is passionate about advocating for voices in the global south, recognizing the disregard for not only marginalized people but also the science produced in this region.

Eesha Rangani is a PhD student at the University of Southern California, where she focuses her research on microbial ecology in the ocean. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Eesha obtained a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she studied deep-sea invertebrates. Eesha’s interest in climate policy began when she attended COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. Her interests lie broadly in Ocean Policy, Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Plastic Pollution, and Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She believes that there is a significant need for policy to account for the trade-offs of the green energy transition, such as the mining of valuable minerals required to build this system. In addition to this, Eesha is passionate about advocating for voices in the global south, recognizing the disregard for not only marginalized people but also the science produced in this region.

Marlow Baines is a passionate advocate for climate justice and socio-ecological wellbeing; where our personal healing intersects with environmental protection.
Born in Washington, she moved to Colorado with her parents when she was three, spending much of her childhood outdoors.

In 2016 Marlow began organizing youth leadership training, educational events, and protests against fracking in Colorado. In 2019 she became the Youth Director for the nonprofit Earth Guardians, where she led the inaugural Earth Guardians Youth Council which oversaw the Earth Guardians youth leadership micro-grant programs, leadership trainings, and yearly campaigns. In 2022, she directed Earth Guardians’ Choose Action Now campaign, which culminated as a global day of action in November of that year. 95 actions were planned in 25 countries and the campaign was estimated to have reached 40,000 people on the ground and through social media.

In 2020, she self-published a book of poetry, “Little Black Book: A Young Activist’s Love Story.” She loves climbing, playing basketball, reading, and spending time with her partner. She attends University College Maastricht in the Netherlands, and is focusing on psychology and environmental studies.

Marlow Baines is a passionate advocate for climate justice and socio-ecological wellbeing; where our personal healing intersects with environmental protection.
Born in Washington, she moved to Colorado with her parents when she was three, spending much of her childhood outdoors.

In 2016 Marlow began organizing youth leadership training, educational events, and protests against fracking in Colorado. In 2019 she became the Youth Director for the nonprofit Earth Guardians, where she led the inaugural Earth Guardians Youth Council which oversaw the Earth Guardians youth leadership micro-grant programs, leadership trainings, and yearly campaigns. In 2022, she directed Earth Guardians’ Choose Action Now campaign, which culminated as a global day of action in November of that year. 95 actions were planned in 25 countries and the campaign was estimated to have reached 40,000 people on the ground and through social media.

In 2020, she self-published a book of poetry, “Little Black Book: A Young Activist’s Love Story.” She loves climbing, playing basketball, reading, and spending time with her partner. She attends University College Maastricht in the Netherlands, and is focusing on psychology and environmental studies.

Lizet is a final year student of Environmental Engineering from Peru and a climate activist. Her experience includes: Title representative before the Youth Environmental Commission of Peru. Member of the interpetal team of the Network of Young Leaders in Protected and Conserved Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean – Rellac Jóvenes. Former Governance Coordinator at the Estación CLIMA organization. Volunteer in the Huascarán National Park Conservation Fans in the art team in recycling and titles. Member of the organizing team of LCOY Peru 2021, 2022 and 2023, volunteer in the alliances and public relations and carbon footprint teams. Social Media of Global Landscapes Forum 2023. Active member of Young Peruvians Against Climate Change. Graphic Designer at Ecopil. Participant of the USAID and Forest Youth Program for the Amazon. She participated in UNICEF climate training. Member of the coordination team of the Peruvian Youth and Biodiversity Network – GYBN Peru and active member within the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter. Lizet also worked on initiatives of the Escazu agreement, climate justice, climate crisis and Sustainable Development Goals. Member of the water technology research circle – CyTA. Coordinator of the Ancash Region – Peru Women Birders.

Lizet is a final year student of Environmental Engineering from Peru and a climate activist. Her experience includes: Title representative before the Youth Environmental Commission of Peru. Member of the interpetal team of the Network of Young Leaders in Protected and Conserved Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean – Rellac Jóvenes. Former Governance Coordinator at the Estación CLIMA organization. Volunteer in the Huascarán National Park Conservation Fans in the art team in recycling and titles. Member of the organizing team of LCOY Peru 2021, 2022 and 2023, volunteer in the alliances and public relations and carbon footprint teams. Social Media of Global Landscapes Forum 2023. Active member of Young Peruvians Against Climate Change. Graphic Designer at Ecopil. Participant of the USAID and Forest Youth Program for the Amazon. She participated in UNICEF climate training. Member of the coordination team of the Peruvian Youth and Biodiversity Network – GYBN Peru and active member within the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter. Lizet also worked on initiatives of the Escazu agreement, climate justice, climate crisis and Sustainable Development Goals. Member of the water technology research circle – CyTA. Coordinator of the Ancash Region – Peru Women Birders.

As next generation voices of influence, Arctic Angels are collaborating to pressure policy-makers to act with urgency to protect our planet.

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