Youth Organizing for Climate Justice - Climate Justice Alliance

Youth Organizing for Climate Justice

Young People on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Frontline youth have always been on the forefront of movements for justice and social change (from the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, American Indian Movement, to the Puerto Rico Independence Movement, to Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock), and that’s also the case in the intergenerational Climate Justice movement.

Frontline Youth Instagram Takeover

Check out the frontline youth IG takeovers that were carried out by 3 youth from CJA member orgs!

Highlights available on our IG page here!


Chioh Mwaafrika

Meet Chioh Mwaafrika, who has been involved in media work with CJA member group KHEPRW in Indiana for the past 7 years! He took over our IG account recently which you can check out on our IG page!

Franceska De Oro

Chamoru/Taotao Tåno youth climate activist, yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and indigenous land and water protector Franceska De Oro from the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance took over IG account recently which you can check out on our IG page!

Inkza Angeles

Inkza Angeles Bautista, indigenous youth organizer, frontline land and life defender, and artist, who is part of the Youth organizing program of PODER in San Francisco. She took over IG account recently which you can check out on our IG page!

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CJA’s 7 minute video Frontline Youth: Fighting for Climate Justice showcases the beauty and joy of young people who come from a long legacy of intergenerational leadership, grounded in community. Not only are they forging reliable solutions to the climate crisis but they’re also taking a stand against the economic, cultural and democratic devastation that goes hand in hand with our toxic, extractive economy. They are fighting against the culprits of climate change and climate destruction in their own communities, and winning! Our solutions are grounded in our communities’ cultural practices and we are reclaiming the traditions of our ancestors. In the Frontline Youth video, and in the accompanying Youth Spotlight interviews, you’ll learn more about what climate justice means to Frontline Youth and get a glimpse into our lives and struggle for a better world.

Aqelah Amani Amatullah Miyzaan, EMEAC

“I think the most important thing for young people to know about environmental activism is why you’re doing it…It keeps you motivated and gives you a reason to not give up.”

Chelsea Turner, UPROSE

“The most important thing to know about getting involved in Climate Justice is that the movement is rooted in inclusion.“ – Chelsea Turner, UPROSE

Hery Zayas, IDEBAJO

“When we fight and denounce injustices it’s not just for the future of those of us out in the streets giving it our all, it’s also a fight on behalf of those that can’t come out, and when those folks don’t have a voice, we have to speak out for them.”

Mariana Rodriguez, PODER

It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help.

Nyheim Carter, Ironbound Community Corporation

Read the Youth Spotlight interview with Nyheim Carter of CJA member group Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) in New Jersey.

Phillip Cruz: Micronesia Climate Alliance

“The most important thing for you to know about environmental activism is that if you don’t fight today, you may not have the tomorrow that you dreamed about.”

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