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 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 the climate solutions to the world too.
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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!
Bio and photo coming soon!
Dora Roquette is 16 years old and I lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Over the past year, the Climate Movement has taken a major role in her life. So, it is with great determination that she is striking, fighting and giving her best to claim the right to have a future and for the survival of our only planet. Brazil is a determinative country to climate change, due not only to its size but to the Amazonian Forest. Dora is fighting for its preservation. She knows it is her generation that will be most affect by the crisis, so it's her fight to fight.
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.
Julia Caussil is 17 years old and lives in Montpellier, France. She’s been an exchange student in the USA and is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Climate Solutions Coalition. She has been on strike every Friday for more than two months and she will not stop until she knows we will have a safer planet to live on. She won’t ever accept having the dreams and futures of the young stolen from them by those who profit off of the planet.
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 spends his time participating in community service where he plants trees in order to protect the forests, and cleans up around riversides, lakes and oceans.
Bio coming soon!
Bio and photo coming soon!
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.
Holly Gillibrand is 14 years old and lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has been striking for the climate since January 2019 and intends to continue her strike until Scotland takes action to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees. Holly also supports Extinction Rebellion and is a youth ambassador for “Scotland: The Big Picture” who is rewilding the land and sea across Scotland, so biodiversity can flourish.
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
Alexandria Villaseñor is 14 years old and lives in New York City. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Earth Uprising, and therefore has decided to only be the interim Ambassador for the U.S. until another youth is selected. Alexandria has been on climate strike in front of the United Nations Headquarters since December 14, 2018. She began her climate strike after watching her home state of California go up in flames with the Paradise Fire, and as a result of her disappointment with the outcome of COP 24. Alexandria is passionate about climate education and has created Earth Uprising, along with all these other amazing youth world leaders, to educate youth around the world on the climate crisis and empower them to take direct action for their future.