Meet C2G’s Youth Climate Voices
C2G Youth Climate Voices’ views and opinions are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of C2G or the CCEIA
Clara Botto / Brazil
Clara has served in UNEP’s Steering Committee of the Children and Youth Major Group as regional facilitator for the European region, is part of UNECE’s Education for Sustainable Development youth platform, and has contributed in representing young people in conferences such as the UN Youth Assembly, Global Development Leadership Seminars (IMF, World Bank), Gaia Education, Climate Reality Project, the Economy of Francesco, International Seminar on Internet Governance (JEF Europe), World Forum for Democracy (Council of Europe), Stockholm+50, Aarhus Convention, UN Ocean Conference, Conference on the Future of Europe and Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Creative Economy and Marketing, where she conducted research on sustainable fashion and the universities’ lack of preparation to equip youth for sustainable development, and has recently finished a Master’s in International Development and Public Policy, having written a thesis about deep-sea mining as a case study to prepare future policymakers.
Ghislain Irakoze / Rwanda
Sarah Kwerit / Uganda
She is the founder of Climate Change Action Africa an initiative that has been raising climate change awareness in institutions of learning in Uganda. Through the initiative she has been able to establish proactive Climate change Action clubs in eighteen secondary schools in Uganda to help young people recognize and lift the contextual and individual barriers that hampers them from adopting more comprehensive and friendly lifestyle to the environment as a result more youth are demanding for accountability from their leaders and also engaging in climate related innovation.
Kwerit is also the founder of UgCleanCities an innovative project aimed at reducing the level of plastic pollution in Uganda’s major cities. She is spearheading a group of young climate change activists who have developed an application software to raise awareness on proper waste management as well as providing a platform for the country’s population to dispose off waste in a proper manner.
Loann Marquant / France
As the president of the geopolitics student association of his engineering school, he endeavored to raise awareness among students on the role of science in diplomacy and global environmental policies. Together with members of the geopolitics club, he organized conferences and debates to foster discussions and confront ideas between international students. He also managed the organization of a three-day Model United Nations where students from diverse backgrounds had the chance to examine environmental, economic and security issues related to the Pacific Ocean.
He was further able to participate in international discussions on sustainable development during a traineeship at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. This experience allowed him to learn more about diplomatic dynamics surrounding sustainable development and to support European Member States delegations during negotiations on issues ranging from the protection of life on land to financing for development. After his traineeship, Loann was promoted to a Policy Adviser position, still working on sustainable development.
Loann has earned a BSc in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and a degree in Economics from Université Lyon 2. He is currently taking a gap year during his graduate studies to gain professional experience and a broader understanding of international relations and environmental governance at the EU Delegation to the UN and as a Youth Climate Voice at C2G.
Aasima Kamal Mowni / Bangladesh
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was highly moved to learn about the disastrous effects of man-made induced climate change all over the globe. She actively collaborated in recycling plastic bottles, boxes and household items every month with an NGO named GARBAGEMAN.
She also participated in Let’s talk on “Green Transition” organized by Young Bangla and Center for Research and Information (CRI); the program panelists involved participation of Nasrul Hamid Bipu, MP, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy, Mineral, and Resources of Bangladesh and Waseka Ayesha Khan, MP, Committee Chairman of Energy Division MoPEMR.
Previously, Aasima worked remotely as a research assistant at Matlab, Bangladesh in collaboration with a Phd student from the department of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, USA. This experience prepared her with a first hand understanding of cultural sensitivity and human psychology on how rural women seek empathic signals in their daily lives.
With 3+ years of teaching experience in Playpen, a reputed academic school of the country, she possesses the quality of working with mass people, and managing events on a short notice.
In her high school years, she was an active volunteer in the film and photography club of a leading youth magazine of the country named ‘Kishor Alo’. There, she served as a casting director in the making of several online video commercials along with developing a short film titled as ‘Don’t Litter’ which aimed at raising awareness about the littering problem within Bangladeshi people.