Sophia Kianni

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.

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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 Speakers
    Kianni is fighting to correct the huge accessibility gap in climate change resources.
  • Sophia Kianni is making climate crisis resources accessible for everyone
    Sophia 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.
  • Meet the 17-year-old climate activist who skipped school to hunger strike at the Capitol
    Sophia Kianni was by far the youngest, and one of the only women, at the protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office
  • The Activist Translating Climate Crisis Information Across the Globe
    Sophia Kianni, founder of Climate Cardinals, is distributing vital information about climate change in more than 100 languages.
  • Youth Activist Uses Quarantine To Start Nonprofit That Translates Climate Change Information From English To Other Languages
    Sophia Kianni is 18 years old and has already accomplished quite a lot while being cooped up at home to help fight the spread of coronavirus. The Mclean, Virginia, high…
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    Sophia 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…
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Sophia was a lively speaker at our panel, distinguishing herself as a passionate leader with a sternly unique vision and powerful insights to initiate global change. At Panel to the People, we always stressed that conversations are give-and-take, and Sophia perhaps best embodied that spirit through her amazing ability to form insights across different domains of work.

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The Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University hosted Sophia Kianni as the Youth Presenter for our 2020 World Water Day event. Due to the start of the pandemic in the U.S., we had to transform it into a virtual learning event in less than one week. Sophia's in-person visit was canceled and she had to reformat her presentation for interactive online delivery with no prior experience. She displayed flexibility and creativity, and created an awesome and inspiring presentation that was delivered with passion and confidence!

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Sophia was very impressive, speaking from her own experiences and perspective as a young woman in the movement, which made it personal and distinctive. She’s a very empowering role model, especially for young women of color. Sophia’s speech brought up topics of environmental justice such as indigenous rights, intergenerational learning, disability rights, and environmental racism, sexism, and ageism. She also offered ways for people to get involved at multiple levels as well as structural changes needed to forward the movement. Sophia really was inspirational in her knowledge and passion and is a terrific speaker.

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Sophia Kianni’s passion for environmental advocacy shined through in the enthusiastic manner in which she delivered critical information on the climate crisis and proposed solutions to the same. Though climate change is an issue we’ve heard of frequently, Ms. Kianni was able to re-ignite curiosity and zest in our audience for the cause. Her journey with the Climate Cardinals allowed her to cite an inspiring personal story that motivated our audience.

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