Meet the GK Activists

Meet Samrawit Hadgu 

I my name is Samrawit Hadgu and I am a Junior at Curtis High School. I have been in Global Kids for three years now. Freshman year I became really active with the Global Kids site at my school. When my GK trainers, Ranti and Justin, first told me about the Human Rights Activist Project I knew that was the program I most definitly had to be a part of. Since then Molly has inspired and encouraged me to be an active leader. It is a treat to be able to travel with Forhad and Jatnna for SustainAware-Slovenia 2014. The first time I travel with them Forhad blew me away with his perspective on educational reform at the Free Minds Free People conference in Chicago and Jatnna pushed me to be more vocal at the Power Shift Conference in Pittsburgh. 

 

SustainAware Slovenia Pre-Departure

I still can't explain how excited I am for our trip though I'm sitting on the plane now, writing this. I'm so honored to be apart of SustainAware and represent Global Kids on this trip. I am really looking forward to the local days of action. I am interested in learning more about the issues the other organizations are working. I am most excited to meet with other SustainAware participants and learn about the work they do. I also look forward to our beautiful stay by the coast of Izola, Slovenia.

 

Day 1

Meet Forhad Shah 

My name is Forhad. I’m a Junior at Long Island city high school and I’ve been involved with global kids for about a year and a half now. In that time, I’ve worked on the Green Roof project and we’ve successfully managed to get a green roof on Bryant high school. That was quite an experience, having to facilitate workshops with both adults and youth. Pitching our ideas to Principals and teachers and other such officials. Besides that, working to promote knowledge about climate change has been quite a rewarding experience as well.

 

SustainAware Slovenia Pre-Departure

 

 

I am a 17 year old high school student and I am worried about the future of this city and the world the youth will inherit. New York City is a beautiful pot of diverse culture, food, education, art, and culture. Whether it is art, economic, fashion, or education, New York City is an inspirational center of this world. As a hub of the world's intersection, New York has the responsibility to change the way it sees climate change. New York City needs to divest from fossil fuels and embrace green and sustainable technology that already exist today. In this upcoming mayoral election, I want New York City to vote for a leader that will help mandate that NYC's schools will educate on climate change and sustainability. I want New York City to show the world that educating our youth on climate change is important because they will shape the policies and social conditions that their children will inherit. 

 

 

GK Superstar Writes to the Next Mayor for Climate Change Education! 

 

Last Saturday some of the students who attended the Powershift conference got together to talk about how Powershift impacted them and how they could continued to shift power here in NYC. We could not miss this opportunity to have the students take a mini action to honor the elections happening on November 5th, 2013. The students worked on a PSA, which is being edited and I will share once its ready, to tell the next mayor that NYC teens want a climate champion for mayor. In addition, HRAP GK superstar Makayla wrote a letter to the next mayor expressing the city's need for a mayor who will bring climate education to NYC public schools.

 

Here's the letter:

 

Dear Future Candidate,

 

Drawing the Line: Amosh Neupane shares why he is a Climate Activist 

 

My name is Amosh Neupane and I am a seventeen-year-old Climate Rights Activist. I stand with hundreds of thousands of others in this nation to oppose the chaos of Key Stone XL pipeline is bound to bring in our homes.