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New Climate Change Activists: Young People in Maine and Worldwide Start a Climate Justice Movement

Katie Han

On Earth Day, we talk with youth leaders from Maine about how they are part of the global youth movement that is pushing for urgent action on climate change.


Iris Fen Gillingham, freshman, College of the Atlantic; has been featured in a National Geographic documentary, spoken at rallies and written about climate and envrironmental justice. She is a founding member of Zero Hour.

Anna Siegel, 7th grader, Friends School; has helped submit a petition to the Department of Environmental Protection, is a member of 350 Maine, and organized the March 15 rally in Portland that coincided with the global School Strike for Climate. She is helping to organize the April 23 Youth Day of Action in Augusta

Ania Wright, junior, College of the Atlantic; she has led protests, traveled to Poland as a delegate to the UN climate summit, and is a leading member of her college's climate group Earth in Brackets as well as the new Maine Youth for Climate Justice group.

Rep. Chloe Maxmin (by phone), Democratic Maine state representative, District 88

Marsden Shetterly (by phone), 10-year-old, Friends School; has started participating in climate activism

Kaile Kimball (by phone), senior, Husson University; president, Students for Climate Justice club; student representative, Husson University’s Sustainability Committee; she also works for the USDA surveying invasive insects in Maine.


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