A group of six from Earth in Brackets will join other youth activists from Canada, Nigeria, and all across Europe in Lofoton, Norway, for Young Friends of the Earth Europe‘s (YFoEE) annual summer camp. There they will build relationships, share stories and strategies, and voice opposition to proposed extraction processes in the Lofoten islands. As usual, follow along on twitter and facebook for updates!
Anjali Appadurai is a recent alumna of the Earth in Brackets team. She began to do international climate justice work in Cancun at the 2010 UN Climate talks. Since, she has continued to examine the climate crisis through an international equity lens, while working with youth and other organizations from all over the world. Anjali hopes to expand her work to include involvement in grassroots social movements and international campaigns around human rights impacts of climate change.
Katie O’Brien is from Michigan, Texas and Ontario. She will start her third year at College of the Atlantic this fall, studying both marine sciences and international environmental politics. She has attended two UN climate negotiations, COP17 and 18, and will attend COP19 in November. Katie often spews tangentially-relevant, nerdy facts—especially if they have anything to do with fish, the ocean, or quantum physics.
Graham Hallett is a new member to the Earth in Brackets team. Having worked primarily in the American southwest with the Dineh tribe on Black Mesa Reservation he has seen firsthand the destruction left behind by the extraction economy. In a solidarity role within this grassroots struggle he realized the necessity of bringing the voice of the silenced majority to these ‘inside spaces’ such as the UNFCCC. In Lofoten he sees an opportunity to continue engaging with these grassroots efforts while building connections with the larger climate movement.
Graham Reeder is a graduating member of Earth In Brackets. He has been working with the team for the last three years and has seen more negotiating halls than he would ever care to remember. He is passionate about figuring out how best to support communities as they try to adapt to climate change in whatever ways are best suited to them, and will be spending the next year travelling the world trying to learn more about just that. Graham is excited to kick his year of study off in Lofoten, thinking about how to best infuse the youth climate movement with ideas and energy behind adaptation work in order to complement the fights against dangerous extractive industries.
Nathan Thanki has been involved with Earth in Brackets since 2011 and has blogged and tweeted from many UN corridors, including, most recently, Rio and Doha. He has been heavily involved with the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and spends a lot of time worrying about building a movement for climate justice that straddles local, national, and international arenas. Nathan hopes to use the fantastic opportunity in Lofoten to learn about how other youth are fighting big polluters, with the intention to use those skills in his native Ireland, where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has recently begun.
Surya Karki is a new member of the team. He has worked with SustainUS as a delegate to the 51st Commission of Social Development. At home in Nepal, Surya is one of the founders of the Maya Universe Academy, an organization that is currently providing free education to underprivileged youth in three districts. He is a believer in grassroots level social movements to bring about social change. While he looks forward to continuing to work in more bureaucratic arenas such as the UN, he hopes to forge strong connections while in Lofoten.