Global Youth Council
Earth Uprising’s Global Youth Council was formed to connect young climate activists from all around the world. The council’s primary purpose is to tell their personal stories of the climate crisis and use their lived experiences to imagine a new, sustainable future for our planet and humanity.
The transformational proposals generated by our Global Youth Council will be interventions in all current systems of national and international policy and governance. Our Global Youth Council will also bring climate education to their peers in their countries, as well as mobilize and participate in direct actions as each country allows. We’ve been failed by the generations which have preceded us. Not only are the youth responsible for bringing the climate crisis to the attention of the world, we now must bring climate solutions to the world too.
Don’t see your country represented? If you live there and want to get involved, email us at [email protected] with the subject: Global Youth Council. Tell us who you are and how you are involved in climate action!
Please note that your country may already be represented but not yet listed on this website, however we still want to work with you and have you be a part of Earth Uprising!
Jean Hinchliffe is a 15-year-old school student and climate activist. As a lead organiser within School Strike 4 Climate, she campaigns for legislative action against the sourcing and usage of fossil fuels, along with pushing for Australia to become fully carbon neutral. When she isn’t trying to save the world, Jean works as a professional actress and has recently wrapped her first television show!
Alexis Benns is 13 years old and lives in Lindsay, in the Canadian province of Ontario. She is a climate activist and Fridays for Future movement organizer, who regularly speak to the public about the environmental issues related to the climate crisis. She also believes in the power of community service and has organized trash pick-ups throughout her community.
Sofía Hernández is a 21 years old feminist, climate and human rights activist based in Costa Rica, currently is in her fifth year of political science starting the thesis on climate migration. Hernández is the one of organizers of Fridays For Future Costa Rica, Coordinator of the Youth and Climate Change Costa Rican Network and Partnership Coordinator of Polluters Out. At the University of Costa Rica, is part of a feminist collective “Me pasó en la UCR” and of the Environment Commission. She is one of the first youth representatives in the Costa Rican delegation to the COP and, in addition, Sofía is doing a university volunteering with migrant and refugee populations in the NGO CENDEROS.
Julia Caussil is 18 years old and lives in Montpellier, France. She’s been an exchange student in the USA in 2018 where she joined the Fridays for future mouvement. She is the founder and Chair of the Climate Solutions Coalition ; a youth-led coalition tackling the climate crisis. She won’t ever accept having the dreams and futures of the young stolen from them by those who profit off of the planet. Trough these projects, Julia wants to make the voice of her generation heard, empower young people to take action and defend climate and social justice. Earth Uprising France is launching its first campaign very soon, stay tuned !
Rozet Balliou is 16 years old and lives in Athens, Greece. She heard about the Fridays For Future global movement through social media, and participated in setting it up in Greece. She had always wanted to act upon the climate crisis, and when she was younger had gone sleepless nights stressing about the environment being destroyed beyond repair. When she would go to the beach with her family, they would always make it a point to leave it cleaner than it was when they arrived. Now, she also strikes with millions of other people around the world to educate and put pressure on people to act upon the climate crisis.
Abhirami Manohar is 16 years old and lives in Kerala, India. When she began to study the environment and the climate, she wondered how people could stay so calm about it. The problems with our planet are so big they used to scare her, but now she knows she can do something about it, and she is not scared anymore. She organizes for India’s climate strikes and feels empowered to make a difference for the future of her generation.
Saoi O’Connor is 16 years old and lives in Ireland. She is a climate justice activist and has been on strike for 22 weeks. Saoi first became involved in activism when she was three years old and marched in her town’s St. Patrick's Day parade dressed as a Fairtrade banana! She’s been campaigning for the climate and the environment ever since.
David Wicker is 14 years old and lives in Turin, Italy. He joined the very first strikes and demonstrations for Fridays For Future in Italy back in November 2018, and has been fighting for the climate since then. He's always been sensible regarding the environment and aware of the environmental issues humanity has been causing for a relatively long time. He also didn't know what to do about it about the climate crisis because he was so young and felt like he couldn't influence politics and public opinion. Fridays For Future showed him he could actually start doing something on his own and he can finally make his voice heard.
Kevin Mtai is 23 years old and lives in Eldoret, Kenya. He has a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science and is passionate about protecting the environment, especially as it applies to human health. He was in high school when floods, a catastrophe spurred on by the climate crisis, destroyed his home and properties. This fueled him to be a climate activist in order to create awareness in his community about the effects of climate change. After seeing other activists strike solo every Friday, it opened his eyes to be involved in environmental saving activities like planting trees, educating people in his society about the importance of protecting the environment, water cleanups, and Friday striking.
Jerónimo Zarco is a 16 year old socialist climate justice activist. He started his activism with Fridays For Future México in March of 2019 and continued striking. He soon after moved to New York City and joined the local Fridays For Future and the local Extinction Rebellion Youth group. In the name of Greta Thunberg and Fridays For Future International, he and other environmental activists received the UN’s “Environment’s Champions of the Earth”. Back in México, he was named one of the National Coordinators of Fridays For Future Mexico.
My name is Lilly Platt and I am 11. I am English and live in The Netherlands. I have my own anti plastic initiative called Lilly’s Plastic Pickup which started in 2015. I am a Youth Ambassador for the Plastic Pollution Coalition and am a top 100 influencer tackling plastic pollution. I make videos and spread awareness through social media, Skype meetings and organizing and taking part in coastal and inland cleanups. When I saw the video of Greta back in September 2018 talking about the Paris Agreement and keeping to the 1.5 C of global warming I just said “I have to do this I have to support her and I started my strike that Friday - September 21.” I have been striking ever since on Friday 9/10 outside the town hall where I live. I am the longest climate striker in Holland. I met Greta when she came to Holland and also to the climate rally in Brussels. Greta has a lot of trolls I always stand up for her then it happened to me and she stood up for me. I support all climate strikers around the world and have a great network of friends.
Oladosu Adenike is a Nigerian climate justice activist and an agricultural expert (first class in agricultural economics and extension). She has six years of experience in rural development. She is the country ambassador Fridays for Future as well. She's also the founder of "ILeadClimate" and an awardee from Amnesty International.
Carla Barros is a 20-year-old Sociology student. She began worrying about the current climate crisis as she started noticing its correlation with social injustices and inequalities. She lives between Braga and Porto and loves reading, though she has a special passion for Dostoiévski.
Makichyan Arshak is 24 years old and lives in Moscow, Russia. He is a classically trained violinist who strikes alone every Friday in his city center, per the laws of his country. He is currently campaigning to change the laws in order to allow peaceful climate strikes in Russia. Despite those who oppose him, Makichyan believes we must all work together to face the climate crisis.
Ander Congil Ross
Ander Congill Ross is 23 years old and lives in Girona, Spain. He is studying Biology and Environmental Science, however, he says his passion for the Fridays for Future movement doesn’t come from his studies. Instead, he says taking care of nature and the planet is a family value that was instilled in him by his parents. He began organizing the Girona climate strikes in January 2019, and since then he is both grateful and sad that there is an environmental crisis bringing the opportunities this movement has presented to him.
Andreas Magnusson is 15 years old and lives in Sweden. He is a Fridays for Future movement organizer who loves kayaking, novels and fighting for his future. He joined Greta Thunberg and the other strikers in September 2018, and has been taking to the streets ever since. Before his activism, he felt lost about the climate crisis but didn’t know what to do. “Suddenly” he says, “everything went clear” and he knew exactly what he had to do in order to act on climate.
United States of America
Anisa Nanavati is a 16-year-old climate activist that was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She is currently a sophomore in high school. As a result of living in a frontline community, Anisa has seen the direct results of climate change. The temperatures are always reaching record highs, the displacement of many because of rising sea levels is increasing, the number of deadly storms that endanger her community is surging, and the threat of losing her only home is looming. The mangroves and trails, the rich biodiversity, and Tampa’s signature beaches are all threatened by the climate crisis. These reasons compelled her to become a part of Earth Uprising, where she currently is the United States Ambassador. Anisa’s activism includes plans to educate members of her community about the threats of the climate crisis and promote understanding among all. She has helped organize and has spoken at climate strikes in the Tampa Bay Area and plans to do much more in the future.