Youth climate activist panel

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We will close the conference with a youth climate activist panel, including:

  • Cedar George-Parker, Student for Climate Action, member Tsleil-Waututh Nation

  • Emily Thiessen, Climate Justice Victoria. Emily is an illustrator and a grassroots climate justice organizer with a fire for creative troublemaking. She was pulled into the climate movement through organizing with Divest UVic in university and since then has been part of movements to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and agitate for a Green New Deal. She comes from Malaysian-Chinese and Mennonite roots and lives on beautiful Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.

  • Hannah Wicki, Climate Education Reform BC. Hannah is a grade 12 student at Windermere Secondary School with a background in an environmental leadership highschool program where she learned to value learning, networking, and creating communities engaged in climate action. Most recently she helped initiate and coordinate Climate Education Reform BC (CERBC), a group of youth across BC advocating for an intersectional K-12 Climate Change Educational system.

  • Lilah Williamson, Sustainabiliteens

  • Emma-Jane Burian. Emma-Jane is a first-year political science and Environmental Studies student at the University of Victoria and activist who organizes on the beautiful homelands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Most of her high school years were spent organizing for climate justice in a non-partisan capacity and working with the Green Party of Canada. She received a 2020 Victoria Leadership Award for her work on Flourishing and Safe Environments. Emma-Jane is now working to balance school and her activism through volunteering on political campaigns and in a non-partisan capacity with the University of Victoria Sustainability Project. She is determined to help solve the crisis we face by helping our South Island communities become more resilient.

Photographs courtesy of @mikegraeme and Climate Justice Victoria