Youth Climate Justice Activism
Youth climate justice activists – from the streets to the courts – have been changing the conversation about climate change at the local, national and global levels. Hear from youth activists and allies from movements in the UK and Turtle Island as they share their experiences with one another and discuss the ways forward, including potential legal actions at the national levels, drawing on the experience of 21 youth suing the US government for climate change (Juliana vs. US).
Individuals from around the world are invited to participate in the online webinar in real time, and contribute their thoughts, experiences and questions. Following brief presentations by each speaker, key questions speakers will address include:
- How are movements currently coordinating or collaborating across movements, cities, countries and continents?
- What are the opportunities and challenges for future collaboration?
- What are opportunities for leveraging inter-generational support?
- How might movements draw on the wisdoms of Indigenous nations, communities and organizations with respect to living in reciprocal relationship with the earth?
SPEAKERS: Mary-Jane Farrell & Roseanne Steffen, Youth Strike 4 Climate Brighton (YS4CB), UK, Rose Henry, Tla’amin Nation, Kiana Alexander, Director, Emerging Leaders Program, Raven Institute, Emily Thiessen, youth activist/organizer, Canada’s Green New Deal, Rise and Resist, Our Earth our Future (Victoria Youth Working for Climate Action) / the Canada Climate Strike Network, Antonia Paquin, youth activist/organizer, Canada’s Green New Deal, Rise and Resist, Our Earth our Future (Victoria Youth Working for Climate Action) / the Canada Climate Strike Network, Danny Noonan, Global Program Coordinator, Our Children’s Trust, US, Samantha & Carolyn Norr, Youth Vs Apocalypse
Co-chairs: Keith Cherry, Cedar Trees Institute (CTI) @ Centre for Global Studies (CFGS), UVic, and Rise and Resist and Rebeccah Nelems, CTI @ CFGS, UVic, International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)