Teen activist Greta Thunberg has quickly become the face of the climate change movement in the media, inspiring millions of people to take part in her school strike for climate" campaign, which started in 2018. In just over a year, the movement grew from a few schoolmates sitting outside Swedish Parliament every Friday to millions of people protesting for more action against global warming.
We're already in formation with Greta, having participated in the San Francisco global climate strike in September ourselves, but let's face it — change doesn't come from just one person.
That's why we wanted to share a few other young, diverse climate activists that you 100 percent should be following right now. These leaders and climate warriors are making huge change around the globe, spearheading legislature, impacting government policies, and bringing people of all colors, ethnicities, and backgrounds together to fight the climate crisis together.
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Karen RamosTwenty-something Karen Ramos founded Get Out, Stay Out, an organization that connects indigenous and migrant children with the outdoors. Her personal Insta, NatureChola, is a mix of school life, travels, and thought-provoking PSAs about inclusivity and the outdoor lifestyle. We're totally on board with that.
Repping the environment, identity, and indigenous culture through hip hop, Xiuhtezcatl has been a climate change activist since he was six years old. Not just an artist, he's also the youth director of Earth Guardians, a global conservation organization. Not bad for a 19-year-old, huh?
Melati & Isabel Wijsen
Melati and Isabel are two sisters, who at ages 10 and 12, lobbied for a plastic bag ban in Bali ... and succeeded. Founders of ByeByePlastics, these two powerhouses aren't slowing down any time soon; Stay tuned for a documentary featuring the duo, along with other youth activists that are changing the world.
At sixteen, Isra Hirsi is the executive director of the US Youth Climate Strike, public speaker, and advocate for intersectionality in the climate movement. She may also be the daughter of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, but Isra deserves to be celebrated for her contributions to the movement all on her own. That being said — wow — what a fam.
A climate activist since age 11, 21-year-old Brianna Fruean is fighting the good fight for our oceans with her rally cry of "Save the Pacific, save the world." Brianna has been a youth ambassador and representative for several environmental organizations, and her feed features a healthy dose of Pacific Islander culture, including the Samoan islands which is at risk for some of the biggest impacts of climate change.on Instagram!