Young adults throughout Maine are innovating, organizing, and leading efforts to connect and address the most pressing social and environmental issues we face, and many have garnered statewide, national, and international recognition and accolades. Join us for a youth-led monthly webinar series highlighting youth climate justice activists and their stories from across the state. Each one-hour session will focus on a different individual and the intersectional leadership work they are doing in their community and beyond.
Oct. 27, 4:30 pm: Anna Siegel—Becoming a Youth Activist
Future Focus kicks off with a presentation by Anna Siegel. Anna is a 14-year-old climate activist living in Yarmouth, Maine. She is the Co-organizing Director of ME Strikes, a Core organization in the statewide coalition Maine Youth for Climate Justice. She is also an avid birder and photographer. In conversation with fellow youth activist Ania Wright, she will discuss her path to becoming an activist and a radical naturalist.
:: Watch the recording here (on YouTube)
Dec. 1, 4:30 pm: Amara Ifeji—Using Education to Mobilize
Join us for a presentation and conversation with Amara Ifeji, Grassroots Development Coordinator with the Maine Environmental Changemakers and JustME for a JustUS. Amara’s work and talk focuses on using education as a tool to mobilize the youth climate justice movement, shifting the narrative around the climate crisis from a political issue to a social one, and framing climate crisis as an issue that disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. The conversation will be moderated by Anna Siegel.
Amara Ifeji is an 18-year-old youth activist and freshman at Northeastern University. In high school, she led her school’s student-driven water quality management team, co-organized school-wide climate education learning initiatives, and joined the Maine Environmental Changemakers Network, where she now serves as the Grassroots Development Coordinator. Through MEEA Changemakers, and its project, JustME for a JustUS, Amara advocates for intersectional climate justice solutions and equitable access to the outdoors. Similarly, as part of several task forces and collaborative initiatives of the Nature Based Education Consortium, she advocates for policy level climate and environmental education reform in the state of Maine. For her work in promoting environmental education, she was awarded the North American Environmental Education 30 Under 30 International Award.
Jan. 5, 4:30 pm: Sirohi Kumar—Facing a Climate Emergency
Join us for a conversation with Sirohi Kumar, 16, a climate activist in Bar Harbor, Maine. As a founding member of the Climate Emergency Action Coalition (CEAC), she helped pass a Climate Emergency Declaration in Bar Harbor and is currently serving as the Youth Representative on the Bar Harbor Climate Emergency Task Force. She is also a racial justice organizer and directly contributed to the formation of the AOS 91 Anti-Racism Task Force, upon which she currently serves as a student representative.
Brought to you by Maine Audubon, Maine Climate Action Now, Maine Youth for Climate Justice, MEAA Changemakers, Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative