Youth + Climate Justice
Indigenous Youth Leading Climate Justice in Micronesia
Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau
FSM, Palau, and RMI are facing the increasing effects of the climate crisis. At this crucial time, we must ensure that young people are connected to the tools and resources to engage in rights-based climate justice work.
In the FSM, RMI, Palau, and Guam, the effects of the climate crisis are present and increasing. However, young people are at the forefront of innovative solution-generating. They know what their communities need, and they understand the urgency. This project fills in the gaps by resourcing young people with the tools and financial support to engage in climate justice work in their communities.
- Research on youth engagement reminds us that “youth carry knowledge and expertise about conditions of their everyday lives shaped in contexts of oppression, colonization, and resistance.”
- The school climate strike movement has shown that young people are willing and eager to participate and lead in the climate justice movement.
- Young Indigenous leaders in the Te Ara Whatu organization argue that the climate crisis disproportionately affects Indigenous communities but that those communities also hold many solutions.
With our partners at the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, we’re working to ensure that young people are connected to the tools and resources to engage in rights-based climate justice work. Together, we are developing a climate justice workshop for the FSM, Palau, and RMI focused on training participants on the many different advocacy tools that can help to address problems meaningful to their communities. It will also be paired with a micro-grant program.