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Young climate activists to follow on Twitter in addition to Greta Thunberg

They are not just climate activists, they are climate justice activists. A group of incredible Teenagers, far more intelligent than millions of adults worldwide. Greta Thunberg started the “school strike for climate” movement little over a year ago in Sweden. Millions and millions of people follow her path and strike for more climate awareness and actions by worldwide politicians and leading companies during international Climate Strikes, on Fridays. But she’s not the only voice you can follow if you want to stay updated on the young people demanding action on the climate crisis. Below you will find an overview of an international selection of activists.

Young climate activists to follow on Twitter

1. Alexandria Villaseñor, 14 years old

As the founder of Earth Uprising, a global climate change movement, and one of the youngest organisers of the historic Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike, it’s no secret that Alexandria Villaseñor is on the frontlines of the climate change movement.

Villaseñor was inspired to learn about climate change after visiting California in 2018 during the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history. The smoke travelled to where she was staying and triggered her asthma, which led her to research the wildfires and their causes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I kind of linked the California wildfires to climate change because climate change is fueling those fires,” Villaseñor told Mashable earlier this year.

2. Isra Hirsi, 16 years old

Daughter of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Hirsi is the executive director and co-founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, a group that organises youth climate strikes around the country and advocates for climate policy like the Green New Deal.

Initially, Hirsi focused on combatting racial injustice. Vice reported that Hirsi shifted her mindset when she realised just how much climate change affects people of colour in particular. Now Hirsi is an unstoppable force, bringing attention to the fact that climate change is also a race equity issue, and speaking out about the importance of diverse representation in climate change activism.

3. Xiye Bastida, 17 years old

The Mexican-born activist is no stranger to climate change and its devastating effects. As Bastida explains on the Global Climate Strike website, she was forced to leave her hometown in Mexico after floods prevented her from attending school. And as the Huff Post reported, she and her family relocated to New York City where she learned about Hurricane Sandy and realised the climate change problem was global.

4. Luisa Neubauer, 23 years old

Luisa is a german based Climate Activist, publishing her first book „vom ende der klimakrise“ (“from the end of the climate crisis”) in mid-October 2019.

5. Vic Barrett, 20 years old

Barrett, an Afro-Latino climate justice activist, first experienced climate change’s ramifications during Hurricane Sandy, when his home lost power, and he could not go to school. He took this fight against climate change directly to the U.S. government. Through Juliana vs the United States, Barrett, along with 21 other young plaintiffs, are suing the government for its central role in encouraging the climate crisis by supporting an energy system that emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases.

6. Katie Eder, 19 years old

Eder’s commitment to addressing climate change cannot be understated — the Wisconsinite is taking a two-year gap before starting college so that she can fight the climate crisis.

Eder is the executive director of the Future Coalition, a network she founded in 2018, consisting of over 40 youth-led organising groups. She also created the U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition, which spurred hundreds of thousands of young people and adults to participate in the Sept. 20. Global Climate Strike in America.

“We as a generation have gotten really activated because I think we realise that if we don’t step up and do something, no one is going to.”
Katie Eder


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