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.

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.

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Special thanks

to filmmaker Jihan Hafiz, who filmed and produced this video, and to the CJA members who appear in it, especially UPROSE for enabling us to capture the inspiration, voices and vision of frontline youth of color during the 7th annual Climate Justice Youth Summit.

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