Youth Activism in Action: A Conversation with Youth Climate Activist about Getting Involved
Four young climate activists -- Genesis Butler, Isra Hirsi, Hannah Testa, and Helena Gualinga -- joined moderator and Sustainable Development undergraduate student, Lauren Ritchie, for Columbia Climate Conversations' second panel event, Youth Activism In Action. This panel was an engaging hour-long event hosted on Zoom attended by approximately 90 diverse participants, including undergraduate students, Columbia University faculty, sustainability enthusiasts, and social justice advocates from all corners of the globe.
The panelists shared their introductions to environmental justice, the greatest rewards and challenges of being young women of color in climate activism, and their advice for others to get involved. The panelists also highlighted the importance of diversity and representation in environmental and advocacy spaces, especially the need to place marginalized voices at the forefront of the climate movement. They also cautioned against sacrificing one's mental health and wellbeing to champion a cause. The Youth Activism In Action panel concluded with a dynamic 10-minute Q&A session where the panelists detailed their hopes and plans for the future, and attendees were able to gain specific, novel insight into each environmentalist's activism work.
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