The movement was founded by Genesis Butler, an environmental activist, who is also followed by Greta Thunberg. This is such an honor for me, to be able to be in contact with her. Genesis is teaching me so much about leading, being a better leader as well as giving me this opportunity.
The Youth Climate Save Movement is based in Los Angeles and it has spread across 21 countries. Our motto is to give youth a platform for our voices to be heard. We spread awareness about climate change and helping animals as we have a vegan ethos. We take part in summits with people in high places. Last week, one such summit was held in the US with Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey to ban factory farming in New Jersey.
As the SA representative, I focus on helping South Africa reverse the effects of climate change and raise awareness through an Instagram page called @youthclimatesavesouthafrica. Through our Instagram accounts we try to raise awareness about current events and effects of climate change or any environmental issues that are current.
I’m still very new to this so I’m still learning, I had my first zoom meeting with the team on Sunday, and it was just amazing how much I learnt from these amazing people who are part of our team.
Phoolan Rankin (Grade 11)