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A conversation with youth climate activists

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 9am UTC

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In the lead-up to the COP27 climate summit in Cairo, about 400 young climate activists from across the Global South gathered earlier this month at the Climate Justice Camp in Tunisia to co-create strategies and demand an equitable and just response to the climate crisis. This is the latest example of how youth climate activists — and particularly girls, young women, and young non-binary, intersex and trans people — are leading climate action from the streets to the courts.

Driven by a sense of crisis and fed up with government inaction, youth engaged in climate activism in Africa and the Pacific Islands will join host Purity Kagwiria on October 26 to discuss how they see shifting power dynamics; the importance of representation and intersectionality in the climate movement; and strategies they use to maintain hope. Register below to receive the Zoom link.

Guest speakers

Nada Elbohi is currently the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer at Rights and Access of Women to Safe Abortion in the Middle East and North Africa (RAWSA MENA). She also co-leads Network of Empathy, an online platform with the aim of practicing and promoting emotional skills as tools for solving global and local challenges, and is developing a digital youth-led project on sexual and reproductive health information.

Yolanda Joab Mori previously led the first climate change education program in schools and communities across Micronesia, bringing climate change education to over 10,000 young students and over 3,000 community members. Yolanda founded Island PRIDE Micronesia, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to empowering communities by uplifting the most marginalized to take action, particularly women and girls. 

Joy Munthali is the founder and executive director of Green Girls Platform, a female-led initiative that works to address the violence that girls and women face due to climate change in Malawi. Green Girls Platform is also the co-founder of We Trust You(th), a global initiative that was set up to challenge and support youth-focused donors and NGOs to partner and fund young people more intentionally and equitably.

The 90-minute meetup includes the usual combination of dynamic conversation, breakout groups, and practical tools.

The Leap of Leadership is Spring's free, monthly meet-up space that dives into exciting social justice topics and gives leaders a space to deepen their relationships with other changemakers around the world. Each session, we share perspectives and practical tools to help bridge the gap between the reality of today and the future we know is possible.


Will you come?