Climate Action through Youth Activism and Women's Rights
In this pre-summit event, experts will discuss how to support women and youth in climate action. Without question, humanity has accelerated climate change. The change is detrimental and often disproportionately affects the most vulnerable. But there is good news–right here, right now, the solutions are within us. United Nations Human Rights, CU Boulder and the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Alliance are co-hosting a three day global climate summit addressing human rights and climate change, as together we explore solutions that every sector of society–government, business, education and individuals–can adopt and act upon
About the Panelists
Monica Neupane is an environment educator and climate activist. She studied environment science and is working as a program officer at the Centre for Environment Education Nepal (CEEN). She is president at CliMates Nepal and works on advocacy planning as a Young Climate Consultant at UNICEF Nepal. Since 2018 she has volunteered and engaged in several NGOs and organized events such as the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY), Leadership summit and Climate Action Simulation, among others. She is a member of the youth constituency of UNFCCC (YOUNGO) and a part of the LCOY and LDYC working groups. She has won awards at idea innovation competitions, including UNLEASH Hacks in 2020. Monica is one of the sustainability leaders in the United People Global’s sustainability leadership Class of 2021.
Madhvi Chittoor, aka NoStyrofoam Ninja, is the youngest UN Child Advisor at 11 years old. She is the founder of Madhvi4EcoEthics and the Global EcoEthics movement and was voted Best Upcoming Peacemaker by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Madhvi has been a passionate Climate Warrior and Zero-Waste Champion since the age of 5. She has brought about large-scale policy changes through her activism at the local, national, and global level in organizations, businesses, and governments. To further her work, she has met with US vice president Kamala Harris, Colorado governor Jared Polis, and many scientists, politicians, educators, artists, and others. She is also a speaker, a recognized author, a black belt in Taekwondo, an inventor, and a Guinness World record music composer.
The UN Agora Award winner, Stephanie Lamma Ewi has over nine years of experience in research and development. She is an environmental and climate justice advocate at Forests, Resources and People and Director of programs at the Pan African Centre for Climate Policy, where she focuses on developing entrepreneurship support and programs that facilitate the representation and channeling of rural voices (women and youth) at national and international levels. Lamma works to bridge the intergenerational gap in natural resource management and build the capacities of young women for climate justice and joined the Youth Advisory Board of the Youth against Slavery Movement. She holds two masters degrees: one in Natural Resource and Environmental Management and one in Christian Education. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Buea in Natural Resource and Environmental Management and Gender and Development studies.
Hilda Flavia Nakabuye is a Ugandan climate, gender and environmental rights activist who founded Fridays for Future Uganda—a youth-led and -organized global climate strike movement. Every Friday, she works toward building a safer and healthier environment by rallying governments, corporate organizations and communities to take climate action. She has visited schools around the world, mobilizing students to use their voices to make a difference.Flavia Nakabuye is also a public speaker, writer, Future Girl Rising fellow and member of the C40 Global Youth and Mayors Forum. She leads shore cleanup at Lake Victoria, empowering lakeshore communities to learn how to protect lakes and fight against plastic pollution.
Sarah Fahmy (moderator) is a decolonial scholartist, who works at the intersection of performance, identity, and eco-feminism. She is a co-founder and Chair of the Middle Eastern Theatre focus group at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. A PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies and member of the Child Language Learning Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sarah’s dissertation presents a foundational theoretical praxis for supporting young Egyptian women author and embody their decolonial feminist identities. Sarah has devised site-specific pieces and facilitated applied performance with hundreds of participants, including for the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the Egyptian government. She’s led anti-racist university-wide restructuring, as the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, the Center for Teaching and Learning Theatre Lead Instructor, and the co-artistic producer of the New Play Festival.