By Global Climate Action Summit
Climate change leaders to amplify Summit’s ambition around the world
An initial network of 22 Climate Trailblazers, individuals from around the world who represent both emerging and established voices on climate change action, activism and ambition, was today announced by the Global Climate Action Summit, which takes place in San Francisco from September 12-14.
Those chosen demonstrate a passion for climate issues and are continuously delivering a difference in their countries and communities, either fighting on the frontlines of climate impacts or finding innovative climate solutions.
Besides bringing their unique international experience to the Summit in September, the Climate Trailblazers will spread awareness of the Summit’s ambitious goals within their own climate arenas in the lead up to the event. They will humanize the event as they will show through their actions that everyday people can do extraordinary things.
The Climate Trailblazers reflect the global nature of the Summit, which aims to bring together the best in international climate change activity. Of the 22 Climate Trailblazers, six live in North America, three in Central or South America, two in Europe, four in Africa, three in Asia and four in Australia or Oceania. They range from a social activist who works in Africa developing education campaigns and training communities on uncontrolled fires to a civil engineer who is focused on sustainable development in Iraq.
Nick Nuttall, Communications Director for the Global Climate Action Summit, said: “We’re proud to support a fantastically diverse team, each of whom brings a unique perspective on climate change action. The Climate Trailblazers’ backgrounds encompass everything from sustainable farming to creating coral reefs and more. This unique mix of people and programs mirrors the diversity of issues and outcomes that the Summit is showcasing and demonstrates how everyone needs to be on board to address multiple challenges and to truly take ambition to the next level when it comes to tackling climate change.”
Kate Greenberg, Climate Trailblazer and Western Program Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, said: “A vibrant future in a changing climate is possible; in order to achieve it, we must act swiftly, creatively and collaboratively to protect our working lands and waters, invest in the working people who steward them, and incite our communities to action with hope, abundance and an unwavering camaraderie.”
Mina Guli, Climate Trailblazer and Founder and CEO of Thirst, said: “It’s a great honor to be part of the Trailblazer community at the Global Climate Action Summit. Solving big global problems takes commitment to action from every single one of us. In my case my commitment is to run 100 marathons in 100 days around the world to bring attention to the world’s water crisis and inspire us to act together to solve it. Whether it’s big actions that take time to plan, or small things we can do every day, every action, every drop of water we save, counts.”
Hammerskjoeld Simwinga, Climate Trailblazer and Executive Chairperson of Foundation for Wildlife & Habitat Conservation, said: “I’m a Climate Trailblazer because the environment needs people like you and me to defend it. Climate change is real, I have felt it, it’s happening, and we are seeing its impact. We cannot sit back and wait any longer. We have to come together and find a common stand so that together we can find ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change. If we do not act now, it will be too late to win.”
The full list of recognized Climate Trailblazers includes: