Climate Advocacy and Youth Leadership
If Adults Won’t Take Action to Protect Our Future, Youth Will
In middle school, Sophia brought up her concerns about climate change to her relatives and was shocked when they told her they knew nothing about global warming. She later learned that 40 percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change. Kids back in the day used to skip school to play hooky; now, they’re skipping school to fight for their futures. As a national strategist for Fridays for Future, Sophia worked alongside Greta Thunberg to mobilize millions of students to strike for climate action.
After decades of inaction by the government, the young generation has finally decided to take matters into their own hands. Through this presentation, Sophia will provide a look into the dynamic world of youth climate activism and sketch out what life is like for the teenagers saving our planet.
How To Change The World: Activism 101
When Sophia was 12 years old, she looked up at the night sky in Iran and realized that she couldn’t see the stars due to pollution. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the environmental degradation that impacts the most vulnerable populations on our planet. Her middle school advocacy has led her to start an internationally acclaimed nonprofit, Climate Cardinals, and work as the youngest advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General. Sophia believes that in this digital age, anyone can make a difference through the power of social media and mass mobilization. In this inspiring presentation, she will share how anyone can make a difference by sparking a movement or starting an initiative.
Sophia Kianni is making climate crisis resources accessible for everyone
Sophia Kianni is a 19 year old Iranian-American climate activist. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into 100+ languages. She also represents the United States as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.
Sophia’s work has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, Business Insider, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, NBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post. She was previously a fellow with PBS NewsHour and has written for publications such as MTV News, Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, and Cosmopolitan. She is an adamant public speaker and has spoken at universities across the country including Stanford University, Columbia University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and Emory University.
She has been named VICE Media’s youngest Human of the Year, selected as Buzzfeed’s youngest Woman to Watch, and chosen for Energy News Network’s 40 under 40 list.
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Teen Activist Is Making Resources Accessible To Non-English SpeakersKianni is fighting to correct the huge accessibility gap in climate change resources.
Sophia Kianni is making climate crisis resources accessible for everyoneSophia Kianni is the founder of Climate Cardinals, an nonprofit that translates climate information into over a hundred languages, serving the communities that need it most.
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Meet Sophia Kianni, the Irani-American climate activist who is trying to change the worldSophia Kianni is an Irani-American climate activist who is seriously changing the world. Her non-profit organisation Climate Cardinals works to translate vital climate change educational resources into over 100 languages…