Africa Representative

Nozinhle Gumede

Nozinhle Gumede

Nozinhle is a 20 year old climate activist from the country of Zimbabwe in the continent of Africa. She has been raising awareness about the climate crisis through the earthuprising.zw instagram page and educating the people in her country. The climate crisis is of great importance to her, partly because the impact climate change is having in her home country. In 2019, the tropical cyclone Idai devastated the Manicaland and Masvingo regions of Zimbabwe, leaving it inundated and thousands displaced. While those regions were submerged under water, the opposite was happening in the region she comes from. Drought has plagued Matabeleland; with the drop in rain levels destroying crops, increasing poverty, and hunger throughout the population. As she listens to her neighbors lament their dying crops, the issue of climate change is not only global - it is personal. For Nozinhle, the solution to the climate crisis comes in the adaptation and understanding. The pathway to change is not only created through educating rural communities on climate change, but also understanding their resilience and their specific vulnerabilities. There is a need for increased awareness of climate smart agriculture, not only so these rural communities can survive, but also to move away from deforestation and reduce tillage. As a member of the Youth Leadership council, Nozinhle wants to increase climate action and awareness campaigns, host education seminars, increase tree planting initiatives, and have workshops done in collaboration with other climate action organizations.

Europe Representative

Middle East and Asia Representative

Hania Imran

Hania Imran

When Hania was in 3rd grade, she learned about climate change in her classroom. Pakistan, her home country, was among the most impacted by the climate crisis. Feeling inspired, she took paper from her grandfather’s room, made posters labeled “Don’t Litter”, and posted them all over school the following day. On that day onward, the climate crisis and climate action have been on the forefront of Hania’s mind. She bears within her a great spirit full of tenacity, resilience, and courage. Despite being continuously told her efforts were pointless, she has continued her activism. She has founded Youth Climate Activist Pakistan (formerly known as Sabz Soldiers) which bolsters 100+ activists across Pakistan. She has organized various campaigns calling for government action towards climate action, so much so that in 2020 she was declared the “Greta Thunberg of Pakistan” by the Minister of Climate Change (Zartaj Gul). Hania believes that individuals make a global community, and it is through individuals that climate change begins. It is by giving everyone, including the marginalized people of society, a voice in policy-making spaces that climate action becomes a reality. As a member of the Youth Leadership Council, Hania wants to bring the spotlight to Palestenian climate activists and increase awareness of their unique struggle, as climate justice is social justice. Furthermore, she would like to organize a women’s climate action day or march, as women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Middle East and Asia Representative

Razan Ahmed

Razan Ahmed

Born and raised in Pakistan, Razan comes from the 5th most vulnerable country to the climate crisis. He recalls the severe droughts suffocating the south, whilst the north contends with glacier locked lakes that flood the land. Having always loved nature, he wanted to work towards protecting and restoring the beautiful environment, however he realized that making changes locally would be impossible without changing the global climate. Razan believes that in order to effectively do climate actions, we must first understand what factors are preventing climate action. Government bodies and corporations behind most of the world’s pollution have a lot of say in global policies, impacting how quickly we can make positive changes. As these bodies hold on to their power, they resist movement towards renewable energy. It is his belief that only by voting these bodies out of policy making spaces that true change can occur. As a member of the Youth Leadership Council, Razan intends to hold these powers accountable for their carbon debt owed to the global south. He hopes to raise awareness of developed nations' responsibility in transitioning undeveloped economies towards clean energy, as they have profited from their exploitation. Through Earth Uprising, he will spotlight the struggles of communities at the front line of climate change, those whose livelihoods rely on fossil fuels and climate destructive activities, and campaigns to remove polluters out of politics.

North America Representative

Evelyn G. Bigini

Evelyn G. Bigini

Evelyn’s first memory in the fight against the climate crisis began when she was a child. Her family stressed the duty to care for the environment, and Evelyn learned about the Great Swamp in New Jersey, United States: a 7,800 acre National Wildlife Refuge located near her hometown. This beautiful area provides many ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting services), but it was almost drained to build an airport in the 1960s, until a youth-supported grassroots movement saved the Swamp. Later in her childhood, Evelyn was exposed to the stark inequities people faced during and after Hurricane Sandy. Through these experiences and others, Evelyn witnessed how the climate crisis is a risk multiplier (amplifying inequities in exposures, sensitivity, and adaptive capacities). She therefore developed an intersectional, social justice-based perspective as a nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh. Evelyn often wondered if patients (especially those that are unhoused, (im)migrants, and/or children) who left the hospital were given the tools to survive and thrive in a socially- and environmentally-hostile world. Wanting to continue working in the health and environmental justice field, Evelyn has since completed two Masters of Science in Global Health (Delivery) at two seperate universities. At Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands, Evelyn worked with youth at a refugee center and completed her thesis about NYC community gardens and their role in food sovereignty. At the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda, Evelyn has enjoyed community engagement work and completing her practicum about the integration of One Health into Sub-Saharan African medical curricula. As a member of the Global Youth Leadership Council, Evelyn aims to promote public education and advocacy about the right to health and healthy environments. By listening, learning, and collaboratively acting, Evelyn hopes to accompany the various communities that Earth Uprising engages.